Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Man speaks out about friend killed in Barron Co. tornado

Man speaks out about friend killed in Barron Co. tornado

Seever said that Gavin worked at the turkey farm across the road from his mobile home that was also slammed by the storm.

Besides the loss of a good friend during the storm, Seever has a lot more to worry about, as some of his other neighbors are not out of the woods yet. The storm struck about 7:15 p.m. a subdivision south of Elk City, Oklahoma, almost 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching 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? He said he and his wife drove away to safety and returned just after the twister left the area to find the park in ruins.

Daily says he walked among the debris and helped free a man who was buried under a refrigerator and debris.

"It was just chaos".

"I've been inundated with calls from people asking what they can do to help", he said Wednesday morning.

Barton County spokeswoman Donna Zimmerman said the tornado that formed near Pawnee Rock remained on the ground for up to 15 miles before dissipating. 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.

Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, and Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, met Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak and others in Elk City, surveying tornado damage and connecting with people in the community.

Meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes swept through western Oklahoma, leaving one person dead and destroying at least 40 homes.

We get a break from the rain tonight into Thursday, but then more storms with heavy rain are possible Thursday night into Friday.

The region could be in for more potentially damaging storms.

According to the National Weather Service, almost 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday. Hultquist said a low-pressure system moving north from Nebraska on Wednesday was expected to bring strong thunderstorms to southeastern Minnesota and western portions of central and southern Wisconsin.

"There is definitely the potential for all the severe weather hazards", including tornadoes and hail, Hultquist said.

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