Residents take stock after night of tornadoes in central US
One person died at the mobile home park, the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said in a statement late Tuesday.
The storm struck about 7:15 p.m. a subdivision south of Elk City, Oklahoma, almost 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. Weather Service meteorologist Mike Greisiner says the storms began as a “supercell” which developed around 3:30 at Saint Paul, two hours before the Chetek tornado – and it really gained strength in Washington County as it was heading east.
A man who lost his home when a deadly tornado destroyed a trailer park in northwestern Wisconsin says he helped search for survivors afterward.
A strong area of rotation within a thunderstorm was detected on radar in Southeast Polk County, Wis., around 4:40 p.m. Monday and then moved into Barron County, the National Weather Service said. The storm also brought numerous reports of large hail and strong winds.
The weather service said it received reports of more than two dozen tornado sightings Tuesday night across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. “We’ve carried elderly, we’ve been contacted b several people that want to help”, said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
Multiple people were trapped in homes after a tornado touched down south of the city.
Emergency crews are assessing the damage, but Fitzgerald estimates the damages to be in the millions.
Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover (RYE’-zuhn-hoo-vur) said “a lot of tornado damage” has been reported to the subdivision and surrounding rural area.
Gavin’s longtime friend and neighbor of the mobile home park, Darrin Seever, is speaking out about the kind of man Gavin was.
The apparent tornado damage was near Chetek, WI, Mobile home Park known as Prairie Lake Estates.
“A few trailers on the perimeter are still standing, but everything in the middle is completely gone”, Chetek police Officer Cody Stauner told the Leader-Telegram.
Sirens went off Monday in the Chetek area about 25 minutes before the powerful storm hit about 5:33 p.m.
The BGCO DR’s Mobile Command Center will be stationed at First Baptist Church in Elk City, where all Baptist volunteer efforts will be coordinated. Mikles’ pickup was reportedly tossed several hundred feet by the tornado.