At least one person is dead and an estimated 25 others have been injured by a severe storm, including a tornado, that rolled through Barron County late Tuesday afternoon.
Tornadoes reportedly touched down in five states on Tuesday night, including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Wisconsin. An infant that was rescued, was conscious and alert at the time, Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said local and state officials are calling it a tornado, but that hasn't been confirmed by the National Weather Service. The storm Tuesday afternoon killed one person, Eric Gavin.
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.
The two tornado deaths from Tuesday's storms bring the nation's 2017 total up to 34 fatalities, more than 2016 in its entirety (18) and nearly as many as 2015 (36), according to Patrick Marsh, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.
Besides the mobile home park, there were several reports of other structures and vehicles damaged with downed trees in other parts of Barron County, Fitzgerald said.
Reports indicated 2-inch diameter hail hit in Polk County and hail also hit the community of Somerset hard in St. Croix County, Griesinger said.
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"It's a mess", Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire. Samuelson's daughters suffered minor injuries, and the mother suffered a gash on her head, but he said all are expected to be fine.
According to CBS Minnesota, besides firefighters and paramedics, the Red Cross also rushed to the trailer park to give assistance to the injured and those whose homes had been destroyed by the tornado.
The twister struck at a trailer park along Hwy. Power lines were down, trees were ripped from their roots and homes were flattened.
Devin Feuerhelm said that his sister, Lenna Samuelson, lives at Prairie Lakes Estates with her two daughters, Ashley and Brenna. Feuerhelm says they had nowhere to go but the bathtub.
School was canceled Wednesday for the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District and the district said that the High school building was open for people needing hot showers.
The NWS expects thunderstorms on Wednesday for the Lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Upper Midwest. "A few tornadoes, large hail, and strong wind gusts are possible". The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.