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National Weather Service Confirms Chetek Tornado, 3 Touchdowns

National Weather Service Confirms Chetek Tornado, 3 Touchdowns

In Taylor County, several power power poles and lines were down in the Stetsonville area.

Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for three counties in northwestern Wisconsin following a deadly tornado and damaging storms.

The Barron County Sheriff told News 18 one person died and at least 25 are injured. He says the survivors are going to need help for some time to come.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald described the scene at Prairie Lakes Estates mobile home park, with 50 to 60 trailers, as "total devastation" and said first responders could hear people yelling for help when they arrived. It paves the way for state agencies to provide assistance to those impacted by the storm that destroyed 38 mobile homes near Chetek, and badly damaged almost a dozen more.

The National Weather Service listed more than 20 reports of tornadoes from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The enhanced F-scale runs from EF-0 to EF-5. Homes and structures were severely damaged as separate EF2 twisters struck a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a subdivision in Oklahoma.

Osgood said it's not a complete loss, but there is a long road ahead.

Forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon.

With more storms possible, Pritchard says the next 48 hours could hinder relief effort in Barron County.

Large tornadoes struck areas of Oklahoma and Wisconsin, killing two and injuring dozens on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Emergency Management Spokesperson Tod Pritchard says their priority is helping tornado victims in Barron County, but they are also keeping a close eye on the severe weather.

Apparent tornado damage near Chetek, Wis., on Tue., May 16, 2017.

In Elk City, a community of about 13,000 people roughly 110 miles west of Oklahoma City, Matt Bynum considers himself lucky.

Assessment crews were headed out Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage.

"We were outside here kind of watching the sky and we could barely even close the front door", said Ryan Osgood, who had his roof fly off in the storm. In 2011, when devastating tornadoes struck in Joplin, Missouri, and in Alabama and MS, 111 of the 551 people killed nationwide in tornadoes, or 20 percent, were in mobile homes, according to the Storm Prediction Center website. It destroyed dozens of homes, killed a man, 46-year-old Eric Gavin, and injured at least 25 other people, some seriously, authorities said. "There's nothing left", Jackson said.

Daily says he walked among the debris and helped free a man who was buried under a refrigerator and debris.