Wisconsin Tornado Victims Feel Lucky to be Alive

Posted May 19, 2017

Wichita first responders will have extra personnel working Thursday night in preparation for the severe storms. No details were immediately available about the person who was hurt there. The National Weather Service confirmed the EF3 tornado was actually on the ground for 27 miles with maximum winds of about 165 mph.

Assessment crews were headed out Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage.

Gavin's longtime friend and neighbor of the mobile home park, Darrin Seever, is speaking out about the kind of man Gavin was.

"Our rapid assessment teams were out as the storms were rolling late last night, and today we set up our mobile command unit", Porter said. One person was killed, and 25 people were injured.

"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.

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In Oklahoma, a tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. Fifty-three-year-old Bo Mikles was killed as he was apparently fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

In Iowa, the storms damaged homes and other buildings and knocked down trees, limbs and power poles, leaving thousands of people without power.

Forecasters say the storms could bring "strong long-track tornadoes" in central and southern Kansas into western Oklahoma along with baseball-sized hail.

He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.

Authorities say the victim who died when a tornado destroyed a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin was a 46-year-old man.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting those who lost their homes.

People impacted by tornadoes in Elk City were permitted to return to their homes with day passes valid between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.

"We thought we were going to be digging for people here for days", Fitzgerald said. The 2011 tornado led to the deaths of two people and millions of dollars in damages.

The tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek.