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20 May 2017, 02:17 | Austin Hogan
At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Xcel Energy was reporting power outages impacting 3,357 customers in the Barron and Rusk county areas.
Sheriff Fitzgerald said the lone fatality was in the Prairie Lake Estates trailer park.
Assessment crews were headed out Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage. He estimated the park had almost 50 homes. Martin also said several turkey barns in the area were also hit hard. Samuelson's daughters suffered minor injuries, and the mother suffered a gash on her head, but he said all are expected to be fine.
The county plans to open a volunteer reception center on Friday to coordinate trailer park clean up efforts. A tornado killed a man in Wisconsin.
Jackson County emergency management officials urged motorists to stay off the roads Wednesday night, with numerous trees and power lines down as well as flooding that caused Highway 121 and a number of town roads to close. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.
A tornado was reported by storm chasers near Duke, Oklahoma early Thursday afternoon, bringing baseball-sized hail to the area. A Particularly Dangerous Situation tornado watch has been issued by NOAA's Storm Predition Center until 8 PM CDT for parts of western Oklahoma and northwestern Texas, including Woodward and Altus in Oklahoma and Wichita Falls, Texas.
On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service registered more than 20 reports of tornadoes from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin; some of them may be same tornado though.
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.
In some news, it was confirmed that there were several cities in the states of Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas, Kansas, and other locations where power cuts occurred due to the storm, and also many damaged farms with dead animals as well destroyed crops. The storm also brought numerous reports of large hail and strong winds. It was not immediately known if there were injuries.
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