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Tornadoes touch down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas

19 May 2017

But Elk City Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister.

Bynum, 48, said he was doing what many people do when the weather picks up: watching it in his yard. "Our firefighters and deputies were lifting parts of trailers off people".

A State of Emergency was declared in Barron and Rusk counties in Northwest Wisconsin after a tornado tore through homes and properties on Tuesday night.

The images of the devastation has WCCO viewers Courtenay from Maple Grove and Gabriel from Oakdale wanting to know: Do tornadoes hit mobile homes more often?

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the park is destroyed following a tornado that touched down in Barron County. 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. A spokesman for the National Weather Service confirmed that it was a tornado, but the agency was still trying to determine the twister's strength.

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A day later, more storms claimed the life of a 70-year-old truck driver after his trailer flipped in high winds, pinning him beneath. "I was one of those people who thought, 'Ah, it won't happen to me.' But never again".

He said he'll add one new feature to his redone home: a storm shelter, or safe room.

Elk City Public Schools were canceled for Wednesday, the school system said in a statement.

The tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek.

"I've lived in Oklahoma nearly 50 years", he said. The county plans to open a volunteer reception center on Friday to coordinate cleanup efforts, officials said.

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In total, the Barron County Sheriff's Office believes 15 homes are a complete loss.

"We have several reports in the county of other structures down, trees down and damaged vehicles", Fitzgerald said. But the Red Cross did have a reception center set up in nearby Ladysmith, Wis., to help anyone who needed it.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, the National Weather Service will send Damage Survey Teams to the area on Wednesday morning to assess the locations, strengths and numbers of tornadoes. "The tornado traveled easterly through the county, touching down in several places".

Tuesday's storms were part of two supercells that formed in the Texas Panhandle before moving to the north and east.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Umscheid says radar images suggest the storm may have produced other brief, rain-wrapped tornadoes as it moved over rural farmland.

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"This was a supercell that developed, a discrete storm", he said Tuesday night. "It was around 3:30 p.m. that we started seeing signs of a thunderstorm".

Tornadoes touch down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas