One Man Dead and Others Injured After Elk City, OK Tornado

The victim, 53-year-old Gene "Bo" Mikles, had been inside a vehicle in a rural area south of Elk City, Oklahoma, said Lonnie Risenhoover, a county emergency management director.

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.

Along the line, a massive tornado struck Elk City, Oklahoma early in the evening. The golf course area was the hardest hit.

"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.

40 homes have been destroyed and between 50 and 75 homes were heavily damaged.

The severe weather also caused extensive damage to several turkey barns across from the mobile home park.

The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city.

The twisters were among up to 29 that were reportedly spawned by powerful storms that raced through a swath of the central US stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes on Tuesday evening, destroying dozens of homes, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

The most severe tornado to be spotted, in terms of damage, occurred in Wheeler County at 5:21 when NWS employees and storm chasers spotted it touch down east of Twitty between Wheeler and Shamrock. The tornado in Barron County killed a resident.

More than two dozen tornado sightings were reported to the National Weather Service Tuesday night across the five states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking.

"It's a mess", Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire. The circulation and high winds in a tornado can easily rip or even toss a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation.

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