Elk City Public Schools were canceled for Wednesday, the school system said in a statement. He says that in some cases, the responders left their own storm-damaged homes to help search the mobile home park.
The Oklahoma storm struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, wrecking much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. The tornado swept into the mobile home park in w.
One man, 53-year-old Bo Mikles, was killed while apparently fleeing his home in his truck, which was thrown several hundred feet, said Danny Ringer, the Elk City Fire Department chaplain.
Storms barreled through a large swath of the central US and tornadoes reportedly touched down in four other states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma, where another man was killed trying to flee to safety. Part of a building sits on a vehicle after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He also said the storm destroyed 40 homes and damaged 50 to 75 others severely.
Martin also says several turkey barns in the area were hit hard.
Tornados touched down in Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin on Tuesday leaving a trail of destruction in their path, local media reported.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith says two supercells began in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday then moved into Oklahoma.More news: Google challenges Apple's Siri by opening digital assistant to iPhone
Manning said the same tornado that came from the southwest hit the Elk City housing addition Fairway near the municipal golf course.
"There is definitely the potential for all the severe weather hazards", including tornadoes and hail, Hultquist said.
Gary Schulz, who owns a rental storage business near the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park, said a twister claimed his business eight years ago but spared it this time around.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
Other teams are still helping clear damage from straight line winds in the Oklahoma City area, and aiding farmers who lost fences in the Northwestern Oklahoma wildfires earlier this spring. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.
One person is believed to be dead and dozens of homes completely flattened after the twister hit land.