Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

Structures near Chetek Wisconsin were hit by what state officials said was a tornado

At least two people were killed and dozens of others injured Tuesday after tornadoes tore through a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a subdivision in Oklahoma.

First responders could hear people crying for help in the rubble when they arrived at the scene, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told KMSP-TV.

Gov. Scott Walker plans to survey what's left of the Prairie Lakes Estates Mobile Home Park Wednesday afternoon.

The Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Barron County Health and Human Services Departments were working on relief efforts.

One person, identified by Fitzgerald as being a 46-year-old man, died at the mobile home park. "That's how it was described to me". Jeff Martin, Chetek Mayor told KSTP-TV that several emergency vehicles have gone to trailer park. "I was praying and praying at work that he was going to be saved, that our animals were going to be saved, that our trailer house was going to be saved", she says. "There's a whole row where there should be trailers that there's nothing but debris".

The two tornado deaths from Tuesday's storms bring the nation's 2017 total up to 34 fatalities, more than 2016 in its entirety (18) and nearly as many as 2015 (36), according to Patrick Marsh, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.

50 trailers sat in its path and 17 of them were completely destroyed. "I thought we'd be digging for people for days". We are sending fire departments into these neighborhoods. The Storm Prediction Center website mentioned that in 2011, when deadly tornadoes struck Alabama, Mississippi, and Joplin, Missouri, 20 percent of the 551 fatalities that year, accounting for 111 lives, were people who lived in mobile homes. He estimates the park had around 50 homes.

Bynum, 48, said he was doing what many people do when the weather picks up: watching it in his yard.

The Wisconsin tornado was a huge swath of the Plains and Upper Midwest threatening a severe weather.

The National Weather Services said that a trained spotter had reported a tornado touching down down in the area at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Chetek is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Eau Claire.

In Elk City, Oklahoma, officials confirmed 1 death, but a total number of injuries is unknown at this time.

Powerful thunderstorms erupted across the middle of the nation Tuesday, leaving two people dead and dozens injured from Texas to the Great Lakes. KCCI says trees and power lines were down in West Des Moines and severe weather tipped over semi trucks on local roads.

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