Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Tornado that began in Oklahoma hurts 1 in Kansas

Tornado that began in Oklahoma hurts 1 in Kansas

A housing subdivision in the southern part of Elk City, Oklahoma was damaged by a tornado.

The damage was extensive. The forecast bull's-eye of the storm includes Wichita, Kansas, and rural areas of southern Kansas and western Oklahoma.

Other tornadoes in western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle have downed power lines and utility poles, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Two persons were killed and dozens injured after tornadoes and severe storms swept through several U.S. states.

Storms barreled through a large swath of the central USA 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. 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. One person was reported dead in Elk City, Okla., according to Associated Press reports.

According to media reports, from the effects of the storm killed two people in the States of Oklahoma and Wisconsin. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching Tuesday night.

At least one child is among the injured.

"Our rapid response assessors are in Elk City and nearby storm-affected areas, and we are going to continue to follow the storms", Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, told KOCO-TV.

Mark Tyson said he and his wife Robin were huddled behind a living room chair as the storm hit Tuesday evening when an entire wall of their mobile home suddenly came flying at them.

A turkey barn was destroyed by a possible tornado that hit near Chetek, Wisconsin, on May 16, 2017. He estimated the park had almost 50 homes.

According to the National Weather Service, almost 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin said he couldn't believe what the storm left behind.

School was canceled Wednesday for the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District and the district said that the High school building was open for people needing hot showers.

Authorities said more than a dozen homes were destroyed or heavily damaged, including four in the small town of Pawnee Rock.

Mary Fallin said in a statement. He says her sister also had her 2-month-old grandson, Nolan, in the house when the storm hit. A slight risk for severe storms surrounds Iowa, and includes Milwaukee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Omaha, Nebraska.

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

Like this: