2 dead after tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Wisconsin

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A line of severe thunderstorms struck the central United States on Tuesday, leaving a trail of destruction from Texas to Wisconsin.

The Oklahoma storm struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, wrecking much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

Jody Darling, a friend of the residents of this home in Elk City, Okla., talks on a phone while standing in a room of the house that is now totally exposed on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Helicopter video from WCCO-TV and KARE-TV shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble.

A sofa sits on damaged trees after a tornado ripped through Prairie Lake Estates trailer home park, just north of Chetek, Wisconsin.

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Tod Pritchard, a state Emergency Management spokesman, said there also was a report of a tornado in Rusk County.

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.

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The National Weather Service will send Damage Survey Teams to the area Wednesday morning to assess the locations, strengths, and numbers of tornadoes.

"It's a mess", Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire. 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. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.

While their home was flattened, the SUV next to it was untouched. The forecast bull's-eye of the storm includes Wichita, Kansas, and rural areas of southern Kansas and western Oklahoma. Mayor Jeff Martin in nearby Chetek (sheh-TEK') says turkeys can be seen wandering in the damage.

"This was a super cell that developed, a discreet storm", he said Tuesday night.

The tornadoes were part of a system of severe storms that rolled through the northern Chippewa Valley on Tuesday evening.

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