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At least 8 tornadoes struck Oklahoma, killing 1

20 May 2017, 03:59 | Kelvin Horton

Courtesy 417 Drone Imaging

Courtesy 417 Drone Imaging

Besides the mobile home park, there were several reports of other structures and vehicles damaged with downed trees in other parts of Barron County, Fitzgerald said.

A friend of the man who was the lone casualty on Tuesday evening from a powerful EF-2 tornado that ripped through Chetek is speaking out.

Sandra Jackson was one of the residents who returned Wednesday to see what could be salvaged from their homes. Trees were flattened or splintered and dozens of homes were destroyed.

Smith says another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday, with more tornadoes possible.

A wide swath of damage extended east into neighboring Rusk County where seven to eight homes were damaged near Bruce, Fitzgerald said. "While there is tragedy, what we have going on here is a miracle", said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. A short time later, while cooking supper with his wife, Black said the tornado picked the entire trailer about five foot off the ground before slamming it back on its foundation.

At least one person died when a tornado hit a housing subdivision in Oklahoma overnight. "I thought we'd be digging for people for days".

"The worst", Fitzgerald said the extent of the damage.

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.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin said community members also were pitching in.

The National Weather Service has confirmed the storm damage in the Chetek, Wisconsin area was caused by a tornado. He estimated the park had almost 50 homes. "I thank the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and all state agencies for their coordinated response to this emergency".

The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, leveling the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin.

Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes. Gusts of 85 miles per hour (135 kph) were recorded at the weather service's office in Valley, west of Omaha. In 2011, when devastating tornadoes struck in Joplin, Missouri, and in Alabama and MS, 111 of the 551 people killed nationwide in tornadoes, or 20 percent, were in mobile homes, according to the Storm Prediction Center website.

One person was killed and multiple others were injured after a tornado in Elk City, Oklahoma.

Tornadoes reportedly touched down in five states Tuesday night, including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Wisconsin. He says he had no immediate confirmation of any injuries.

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