CHETEK, Wisc. — Authorities say at least one person died and an estimated 25 others were injured when a tornado struck a trailer park near Chetek in western Wisconsin.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
Fitzgerald says many emergency crews are on hand. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin tells KSTP-TV that several turkey barns in the area were also hit hard.
Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin and northern Wisconsin as the night went on.
Additionally, a tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries.
The storm struck a subdivision about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday just south of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.
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. He says some homes and outbuildings have been damaged severely and utility poles and lines are down. Cattle have been killed, but he says he has no immediate reports of human injuries.
Other tornadoes in western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle have downed power lines and utility poles, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.