Tornadoes in Wisconsin and Oklahoma Leave Two Dead

Posted May 20, 2017

Two persons were killed and many injured after tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Fitzgerald told KMSP-TV that when first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble.

Severe weather hit much of the USA stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes, killing at least two people and leaving devastation behind in several areas. However, Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer said that one person died because of the twister. He said, the storm destroyed 40 homes and damaged about 75 houses.

There is the likelihood of violent storms, including tornadoes in a large part of Kansas and portions of Oklahoma and Texas through early Thursday night.

The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city.

Some people said they followed his advice and were caught in major traffic jams on highways in central Oklahoma as a tornadic storm approached Oklahoma City.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is conducting assessments to determine the strength of the tornadoes.

"I thought we were done", Tyson told AP. The National Weather Service said spotters reported a tornado four miles northwest of Chetek at 5:35 p.m., and another five miles southwest of Weyerhaeuser at 6:15 p.m. He says all residents of the mobile home park have been accounted for.

In Elk City, a community of about 13,000 people roughly 110 miles west of Oklahoma City, Matt Bynum considers himself lucky. He thinks the park had about 50 homes.

About two hours after the twister struck, Stauner said authorities were keeping everyone away from the site because of a gas leak caused by pipes breaking off in the ground. Another 10 were reportedly injured and dozens of homes damaged or destroyed.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said the lone fatality was in the Prairie Lake Estates trailer park. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching Tuesday night.

According to the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center, one person at the park died.

"Our rapid response assessors are in Elk City and nearby storm-affected areas, and we are going to continue to follow the storms", Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, told KOCO-TV.

NSW's Smith said another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday.