Two Dead After Tornadoes Roar Through Wisconsin, Oklahoma
  [Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:05:00 AM]
Tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms on Tuesday that left two people dead and dozens injured.

The storms battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes leveling a mobile home park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 110 miles northeast of Minneapolis. When first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters.

One person died at the mobile home park and more than 25 others suffered injuries, according to the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center. Helicopter video shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble.

"It's a mess," Fitzgerald told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. "We have at least one deceased so far and we're still in a search pattern."

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person died in the twister as the storm destroyed 40 homes and severely damaged 50 to 75 others.

The National Weather Service reported more than two dozen tornado sightings across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The storm also brought numerous reports of large hail and strong winds.

Sources: (
AP, USA Today
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• For the families of those killed and those injured in the storms
• For help agencies as they move in to assist those in need
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