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Severe weather batters through Wisconsin, Oklahoma

20 Mai 2017

Sheriff Department officials said Wednesday 46-year-old Eric Gavin was killed by the tornado that destroyed the mobile home park. However, Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer said that one person died because of the twister.

The tornado, which ripped through around 5:30 p.m., destroyed about 50 mobile homes - 10 of which are standing but inhabitable - and injured 25 people, 17 of whom were taken to hospitals.

Gov. Mary Fallin plans to tour the damage to a western Oklahoma community that was struck by a tornado that killed a man.

A tornado also touched down near McLean, Texas - just east of Amarillo.

On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service registered more than 20 reports of tornadoes from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin; some of them may be same tornado though. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.

At least one person is dead and an estimated 25 others have been injured by a severe storm, including a tornado, that rolled through Barron County late Tuesday afternoon.

The Sheriff of Barron county Christopher Fitzgerald said, "200 emergency personnel were on this scene Tuesday night trying to rescue people".

At noon Wednesday, some residents were allowed back into the trailer park, officials with Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said.

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"There are several more people and businesses to thank for the support, food, water, et cetera, and in the coming days I hope to be able to thank them", Fitzgerald said.

"It's a mess", Fitzgerald said while requesting at least four more ambulances to the scene.

At least one baby was injured, he said.

The governor toured the damaged areas Wednesday, while the National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-2 plus - with peak winds of 120 miles per hour. The circulation and high winds in a tornado can easily rip or even toss a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation. He says that in some cases, the responders left their own storm-damaged homes to help search the mobile home park. Also, a tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries.

Mark Tyson said he and his wife Robin were huddled behind a living room chair as the storm hit Tuesday evening when an entire wall of their mobile home suddenly came flying at them. Authorities say it appears he was fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

By Tuesday evening, there were nearly 20 reports of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

The damage was extensive. "The tornado traveled easterly through the county, touching down in several places".

The weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the greatest risk of tornadoes is in western Oklahoma and the eastern Panhandle of Texas with a slight chance of tornadoes extending from southern Texas across the western half of Oklahoma through Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa in addition to southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Missouri.