Tornadoes cause damage in Wisconsin, Oklahoma

Tornadoes cause damage in Wisconsin, Oklahoma

The National Weather Service says its preliminary damage rating for a tornado that destroyed a trailer park and killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin is a strong EF-2.

In central Kansas, one of the tornadoes that touched down Tuesday night destroyed about 20 homes.

First Baptist Church of Elk City is opening a shelter for people affected by Tuesday's storms. "The storm destroyed a home in Western Oklahoma was the cause of the death of the man who tried to escape to a safe place", - stated in the message. He estimated the park had around 50 homes. There were also many reports of large hail and strong winds.

Zimmerman says one person suffered minor injuries and that the tiny community of Pawnee Rock is "very fortunate" that the twister struck a largely rural area.

Part of a building sits on a vehicle after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wis., Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Fitzgerald said local and state officials are calling it a tornado, but that hasn't been confirmed by the National Weather Service.

At least three people are dead and dozens more injured after a string of tornados swept across five states Tuesday.

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The storms are expected to continue into Wednesday, but Matt Brickman, CBS Minnesota meteorologist said that drier, cooler conditions are expected to move in by Thursday.

Hultquist says the storms have the potential to produce hail and tornadoes from late afternoon into the evening.

As many come to grips with the fact that their lives have been turned upside down, they're thankful to those lending a helping hand.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit last night", Governor Walker said.

Gary Schulz, who owns a rental storage business near the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park, said a twister claimed his business eight years ago but spared it this time around.

In Iowa, the storms damaged homes and other buildings and knocked down trees, limbs and power poles, leaving thousands of people without power. "We've carried elderly, we've been contacted b several people that want to help", said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald from the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

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

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