Incredible drone footage shows scope of Chetek tornado damage

Barron Co., Wis. authorities confirm at least one person was killed and 25 others injured when a tornado hit a mobile home park near Chetek in western Wisconsin.

Another tornado killed at least one person just south of Elk City, Oklahoma around 7.15pm.

There also were reports of possible tornadoes in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told WCCO-TV, Channel 4, that he saw "total destruction", unlike any he's seen in his 20-plus years of law enforcement.

The tornado damaged the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park north of Chetek. The NWS has confirmed one person was killed in Barron County and more than 25 other people were hurt.

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs and the National Weather Service say they will be sending damage survey teams to the area today to assess the locations and the number of tornadoes.

The sheriff said residents of the park won't be able to return to their mobile homes for at least a week as crews restore gas and electric service.

Smith said Wednesday that it appears the most damaging tornado was on the ground for five to 10 miles (eight to 16 kilometers) in the area of Elk City, Oklahoma.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. 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.

Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer said the storm destroyed 40 homes, with another 50 to 75 that have been damaged severely.

In a special report, a major storm rages from the southern portion of the country to the northern lakes on Tuesday and even took two lives in the state of Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

A mobile home is among one of the most risky places to be during a tornado. We have several homes that were completely destroyed.

The severe weather could continue into Wednesday, although a CBS meteorologist said conditions are expected to improve by Thursday.

Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald earlier in the morning praised the efforts of first responders.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit last night", Governor Walker said in a statement after touring the damage near Chetek.

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