Tornados from Texas to Wisconsin leave three dead

Tornados from Texas to Wisconsin leave three dead

Tornado watches were issued by the National Weather Service for a number of areas throughout the evening, including parts of Chippewa, Barron and Rusk counties. She says initial reports were that it was more than 400 feet (120 meters) wide. The storm killed 45-year-old Eric Gavin and also injured 27 people. He estimates the park had around 50 homes.

More than 27 people were injured in all and 17 of them were taken by ambulances to hospitals.

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.

Rescue workers who shed softball uniforms and dress clothes and put on their fire gear raced to the scene Monday and went door to door to rescue people, Fitzgerald said.

Another tornado struck in western Oklahoma rural area, but right now has no reports of injuries.

About 50 to 70 homes were damaged and several were destroyed, he said. A tornado killed a man in Wisconsin. Trees were flattened or splintered and dozens of homes were destroyed. Seven homes were destroyed near the intersection of Highways 8 and W, according to the Wisconsin Department of Emergency Management.

This item has been corrected to reflect that the tornado killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin, not the northeast of the state.

He said he'll add one new feature to his redone home: a storm shelter, or safe room.

The preliminary damage rating for the tornado is a strong EF2, according to the National Weather Service.

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

Meanwhile, classes in the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser School District were called off Wednesday as authorities and residents worked to assess the widespread damage and begin the cleanup.

The damage was extensive.

"It's heartbreaking and it's a very trying time for these families when you see the magnitude of the destruction", Fallin said after touring the damage.

"Our rapid response assessors are in Elk City and nearby storm-affected areas, and we are going to continue to follow the storms", Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, told KOCO-TV.

The National Weather Services said that a trained spotter had reported a tornado touching down down in the area at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

He says hail larger than softballs fell Tuesday.

First responders searched through the rubble overnight.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said all of the residents of that park have now been accounted for.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting people who lost their homes in the storm.

Storms and tornadoes have caused widespread damage in the American Midwest from the Plains of Texas in the south to the Great Lakes in the north.

Two hours later than in Wisconsin, the storm hit Oklahoma at 7.15pm on Tuesday.