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Severe Storms Including Tornadoes Possible Thursday

19 May 2017

The weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the greatest risk of tornadoes is in western Oklahoma and the eastern Panhandle of Texas with a slight chance of tornadoes extending from southern Texas across the western half of Oklahoma through Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa in addition to southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Missouri.

He said her sister also had her 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. He says he and his wife drove away to safety and returned just after the twister left the area to find the park in ruins.

Authorities said more than a dozen homes were destroyed or heavily damaged, including four in the small town of Pawnee Rock. He says some homes and outbuildings have been damaged severely and utility poles and lines are down. "I ran to the bathroom and I came out and saw this", Sarah Zurn who lives at Prarie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park told WEAU 13 News.

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Governor Walker surveyed the damage Wednesday afternoon near Chetek, where a tornado hit a mobile home park Tuesday night.

"We'll take any walk-up volunteers willing to help", Porter said. Shards of glass were flying at them like bullets, Tyson said: "When your house comes apart like that, there's no place to go".

"He had some bad head trauma going on and I didn't want him to go to sleep", Daily said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the park is destroyed following a tornado that touched down in Barron County.

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Recovery efforts are underway northwest Wisconsin.

Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover (RYE'-zuhn-hoo-vur) said "a lot of tornado damage" has been reported to the subdivision and surrounding rural area.

Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes.

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

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All severe modes are possible including strong tornadoes, baseball size hail and damaging winds exceeding 80 miles per hour. Cattle have been killed, but he says he has no immediate reports of human injuries.

Severe Storms Including Tornadoes Possible Thursday