Trees were flattened or splintered and dozens of homes were destroyed.
The injuries ranged from minor scrapes to people who needed to be carried out on a stretcher.
Home after home was gutted by intense winds, tree tops were stripped clean and memories were spread out all over the ground of the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park. Another 25 people were injured.
"People are looking on their phones, there's a tornado touchdown right where I live", he said. Officials say residents of the park will be allowed to enter the site to look for their belongings around noon. And you don't have to travel all the way to Barron County to help.
"I've been inundated with calls from people asking what they can do to help", he said Wednesday morning.
Tornados touched down in Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin on Tuesday (May 16) leaving a trail of destruction in their path, local media reported. "The storm destroyed a home in Western Oklahoma was the cause of the death of the man who tried to escape to a safe place", - stated in the message.
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Elk City Public Schools were canceled for Wednesday, the school system said in a statement.
Robert Black, was standing outside his home watching the storm kick up when golf ball-size hail drove him inside.
Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for three counties in northwestern Wisconsin following a deadly tornado and damaging storms.
The Barron County Sheriff told News 18 one person died and at least 25 are injured. The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Pictured is an image of the Tornado damage in Oklahoma. No details were immediately available about the person who was hurt there. The National Weather Service office in La Crosse received numerous reports of winds topping 50 miles per hour, and trees and power lines are down in Green and Lafayette counties.
Assessment crews were headed out Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage. The county plans to open a volunteer reception center on Friday to coordinate cleanup efforts, officials said. In fact, even the cabins and homes around Lake Chetek suffered solemn damage, with most damage hitting a mobile home park and several turkey farms.
"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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Severe storms are expected to continue tonight across the central and southern plains, before weakening late in the evening. A 53-year-old man was killed as he attempted to flee the tornado in a vehicle.
The Storm Prediction Center, or SPC, has issued a "high risk" warning for severe thunderstorms across parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, a rare event.
He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.
Barron County (WQOW) - The Barron County sheriff said an overnight search and rescue mission at a Chetek trailer park, devastated by a tornado, has found no further victims.
Fitzgerald said the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are setting up shelter and providing food and clothes for the families in need.
One tornado struck about 7:15 p.m. and wrecked much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.
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Elk City Police Chief Eddie Holland estimated the storm severely damaged more than 75 homes.
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