Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

Posted: Updated:
AP Photo AP Photo

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people died and dozens were injured when tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, leveling the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) 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 KMSP-TV.

One person died at the mobile home park, the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said in a statement late Tuesday. No details of the fatality were given. More than 25 people were injured, the state said, without giving their conditions. Helicopter video from WCCO-TV and KARE-TV shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble.

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

A mobile home is a particularly dangerous place to be during a tornado, according to the National Weather Service. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings. In 2011, when devastating tornadoes struck in Joplin, Missouri, and in Alabama and Mississippi, 111 of the 551 people killed nationwide in tornadoes, or 20 percent, were in mobile homes, according to the Storm Prediction Center website.

In Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking. He also said the storm destroyed 40 homes and damaged 50 to 75 others severely. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.

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

Devin Feuerhelm told KMSP-TV that his sister, Lenna Samuelson, lives in the Wisconsin trailer park with her two daughters, Ashley and Brenna. He said his sister also had a 2-month-old grandson, Nolan, in the home when the storm hit, and they had nowhere to go but the bathtub.

Amazingly, the infant grandson escaped with just a couple of scratches, he said. Samuelson’s daughters suffered minor injuries, and the mother suffered a gash on her head, but he said all are expected to be fine.

While their home was flattened, the SUV next to it was untouched.

  • SlideshowsMore>>

  • Greek Festival Kicks Off in Huntington

    Greek Festival Kicks Off in Huntington

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:00:19 GMT

    The Greek Festival kicked off today at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Huntington, WV. 

    The Greek Festival kicked off today at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Huntington, WV. 

  • 10th Person Arrested in Charleston Prostitution Sting

    10th Person Arrested in Charleston Prostitution Sting

    Friday, September 15 2017 10:32 AM EDT2017-09-15 14:32:24 GMT

    The Charleston Police Department made a tenth arrest with their prostitution stings on Charleston’s West Side.

    The Charleston Police Department made a tenth arrest with their prostitution stings on Charleston’s West Side.

  • 13 News Working at Habitat for Humanity ReStore for Nexstar Founder's Day of Caring

    13 News Working at Habitat for Humanity ReStore for Nexstar Founder's Day of Caring

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:42 AM EDT2017-08-25 14:42:28 GMT

    Here at 13 News we're continuing our support of Habitat for Humanity. We've pitched in a couple of times this year, and today, we're heading to ReStore in Charleston, WV.

    Here at 13 News we're continuing our support of Habitat for Humanity. We've pitched in a couple of times this year, and today, we're heading to ReStore in Charleston, WV.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman bitten 3 times by venomous snake while inside restaurant

    Woman bitten 3 times by venomous snake while inside restaurant

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:15 AM EDT2017-09-25 14:15:01 GMT

     A woman is recovering after she was bitten three times by a copperhead snake while walking in to eat at a restaurant.

     A woman is recovering after she was bitten three times by a copperhead snake while walking in to eat at a restaurant.

  • Homeowner holds burglary suspects at gunpoint in Sissonville

    Homeowner holds burglary suspects at gunpoint in Sissonville

    Monday, September 25 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-09-25 19:48:13 GMT

    Stay 13 News as we continue to get more details on the investigation.

    Stay 13 News as we continue to get more details on the investigation.

  • Burglar arrested after telling homeowner to "chill out"

    Burglar arrested after telling homeowner to "chill out"

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:10 PM EDT2017-09-25 16:10:17 GMT
    SAINT ALBANS, WV (WOWK) - The Saint Albans Police Department arrested a man earlier Monday morning after he allegedly broke into a home and stole yard maintenance equipment. According to a criminal complaint, Paul D. Williams was arrested and charged with burglary. At roughly 7 a.m. this morning, police received a call that a man had broken into a home and stole a weed trimmer. The homeowner told police that he confronted the suspect inside his home, where he was told to "chil...
    SAINT ALBANS, WV (WOWK) - The Saint Albans Police Department arrested a man earlier Monday morning after he allegedly broke into a home and stole yard maintenance equipment. According to a criminal complaint, Paul D. Williams was arrested and charged with burglary. At roughly 7 a.m. this morning, police received a call that a man had broken into a home and stole a weed trimmer. The homeowner told police that he confronted the suspect inside his home, where he was told to "chil...
Powered by Frankly