Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

Gavin's longtime friend and neighbor of the mobile home park, Darrin Seever, is speaking out about the kind of man Gavin was.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker toured the destruction Wednesday afternoon. Officials say residents of the park will be allowed to enter the site to look for their belongings around noon. One home collapsed and first responders rescued an occupant.

Taylor County: County officials say several power poles and lines are down in the Stetsonville area.

In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity.

Tornadoes reportedly touched down in five states on Tuesday night, including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Wisconsin. A tornado destroyed homes in a western Oklahoma subdivision and killed a man who was trying to flee to safety. Mary Fallin said in a statement.

Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer said the storm destroyed 40 homes, with another 50 to 75 that have been damaged severely.

Forecasters say storms could bring significant and "intense" tornadoes to the Southern Plains Thursday afternoon and night, and at midday issued a "particularly unsafe situation" tornado watch for western Oklahoma and western north Texas. Lightning blew siding and bricks off a home in Lincoln and a funnel cloud was spotted about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of the city, near Exeter, but no damage was reported.

National Weather Service meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes touched down in western Oklahoma on Tuesday.

As cleanup and recovery begins following the Chetek, Wisconsin tornado, many are wondering how they can help. The forecast bull's-eye of the storm includes Wichita, Kansas, and rural areas of southern Kansas and western Oklahoma.

The Elk City tornado passed within about 1 mile of the Mesonet weather station site, which measured a 74 miles per hour wind gust as it passed, according to a Mesonet tweet late Tuesday.

CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV reports the person who was killed was in a auto.

At least one person was killed near State Highway 152 and State Highway 34.

The Twin Cities station of the National Weather Service tweeted a photo of large hailstones that fell in the town of Barron, with the largest 3 inches in diameter.

Walker and other state officials met with victims and local officials and assess tornado damage on Wednesday afternoon.

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