Man speaks out about friend killed in Barron Co. tornado

Authorities say at least 40 homes were destroyed. Martin also said several turkey barns in the area were also hit hard.

Hultquist says tornadoes are more likely to touch down in less populated areas, but attributes that to a function of population density.

After touring the damage in Chetek on Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency for Barron, Rusk and Jackson counties.

At least 25 other people were injured when a storm Tuesday leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.

Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Umscheid says radar images suggest the storm may have produced other brief, rain-wrapped tornadoes as it moved over rural farmland.

The county plans to open a volunteer reception center on Friday to coordinate trailer park clean up efforts.

Fitzgerald said the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are setting up shelter and providing food and clothes for the families in need.

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

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Throughout Wednesday night, Pritchard says they will continue to monitor keep everyone up to date on the severe weather, to make sure everyone is taking the right safety precautions.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said along with the mobile home park and surrounding areas, there is extensive storm damage around a nearby lake.

"Large hail, tornadoes and wind damage also will be possible outside of these areas across parts of the southern and central Plains".

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management remains activated due to the effects of severe weather and the threat for continued severe weather this week, officials said in a news release.

According to the National Weather Service, 8 percent of Americans live in mobile home, but they make up 44 percent of the deaths from tornadoes.

There were reports of giant hail falling near Bucklin, Kansas, Tuesday.

Danny Ringer, chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department, says that tornado killed 53-year-old Bo Mikles.

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

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