Incredible drone footage shows scope of Chetek tornado damage


Drone footage provided to WISN 12 NEWS by videographer Branden Bodendorfer shows the scope of the damage left by the twister, which struck at about 7:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Sam Porter, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, and Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, met Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak and others in Elk City, surveying tornado damage and connecting with people in the community.

Tornados touched down in Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin on Tuesday (May 16) leaving a trail of destruction in their path, local media reported.

The National Weather Service reported more than 20 tornadoes occurred throughout the central United States, where one person died in Wisconsin and another in Oklahoma. "And so I would say there was probably six to eight trailers in a row but there's nothing there but debris", said the sheriff for Barron County, Chris Fitzgerald.

One person in a auto was killed, the station reported, citing an emergency response official. More than 25 people were injured, the state said, without giving their conditions. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching Tuesday night. The sheriff mentioned that there was at least one child injured when the tornado struck the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park.

The National Weather Service says the storm started Tuesday night in the panhandle of Oklahoma and tracked into Kansas.

Personal belongings were strewn across the ground, siding and roofs tossed off homes, people's lives changed in a matter of moments on Tuesday night, but those material things can be replaced.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The twister demolished 40 homes and heavily damaged 50 to 75 more, according to the Elk City Fire Department.

Meteorologist Mark Larson says an area from Wichita to Hutchinson to Dodge City and reaching into Oklahoma is in a high risk for large hail, strong winds, and tornadoes.

According to NWS reports and the Wheeler County Office of Emergency Management, two homes were completely destroyed and two more received "major damage".

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

One person was killed after a tornado ripped through parts of Barron County.

The south side of Elk City was hit hardest by one storm, said Mayor Bill Helton. The area stretches from the Texas Panhandle through Oklahoma, western Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, leveling the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin.