Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

Sheriff: 1 dead after tornado hits Wisconsin trailer park

The storm knocked out telephone service.

According to data, an EF-2 tornado would have estimated wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour. The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim, 53-year-old Gene "Bo" Mikles, had been inside a vehicle in a rural area south of Elk City, Oklahoma, said Lonnie Risenhoover, a county emergency management director.

Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin.

Scattered tornadoes have been reported in the nation's midsection.

The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, leveling the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin. Mikles body was found in a field behind his mobile home and his pickup was found several hundred feet away by neighbors.

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

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Several poultry barns at a turkey processing plant across the street from the trailer park were badly damaged, and turkeys could be seen wandering in the debris.

The weather service said it received reports of more than two dozen tornado sightings Tuesday night across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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.

Smith says another round of severe storms is forecast Thursday and Friday, with more tornadoes possible.

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.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

In Oklahoma, another tornado damaged much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City.

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