Storms pummel central US, as tornadoes kill at least 2

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Authorities say the victim who died when a tornado destroyed a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin has been identified as 46-year-old Eric Gavin.

"This is, I think in terms of outright damage, both physical in terms of what it did to the landscape, but also in terms of the damage destroying people's homes I think it's the worst I've seen as governor".

A tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries.

A tornado watch is in effect for the western half of the state, including about 150 miles of Interstate 40 from El Reno to McLean, Texas.

According to the National Weather Service, almost 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday.

The storms Wednesday hit southern Wisconsin particularly hard with significant damage reported in Rock, Sauk, Columbia, Walworth and Jefferson counties. When first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told a local television station.

Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes.

Chetek Mayor Jeff Martin estimated the park, about 40 miles north of Eau Claire, had around 50 homes. The sheriff mentioned that there was at least one child injured when the tornado struck the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park.

ELK CITY Leaders with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) and its Disaster Relief (DR) organization were in Elk City on Wednesday, meeting with other emergency management leaders to talk about tornado relief efforts.

50 trailers sat in its path and 17 of them were completely destroyed. "They are working house to house, home to home, looking for people".

"We will continue to assess area damage in the mobile home park and other parts of the county", Fitzgerald said in a press release in the early-morning hours of Wednesday. The National Weather Service confirmed the EF3 tornado was actually on the ground for 27 miles with maximum winds of about 165 mph. The area stretches from the Texas Panhandle through Oklahoma, western Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and wind damage is expected to develop across parts of the southern and central Plains from this afternoon into this evening and overnight". "The tornado traveled easterly through the county, touching down in several places".

There were also a few homes and cabins around Lake Chetek, as well as several turkey farms, damaged by the Wisconsin tornado.

The Storm Prediction Center, which specializes in forecasting and gathering data on tornadoes, says that high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home without a foundation from its moorings.