19 May, 2017
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave the figures to WQOW-TV, the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Only concrete slabs remained Wednesday where 15 trailers once stood. Seventeen people were hospitalized.
Authorities identified the man killed as Eric Gavin, 45, whose body was found outside his damaged trailer.
He said he'll add one new feature to his redone home: a storm shelter, or safe room.
One person died at the mobile home park, the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center said in a statement late Tuesday. Officials are now assessing what affected residents may need.
Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover (RYE'-zuhn-hoo-vur) said "a lot of tornado damage" has been reported to the subdivision and surrounding rural area. Campers landed in nearby lakes, he said.
Flying over the area on Wednesday morning, Bellendir said he saw swirl marks from the tornado in the mud.
The Red Cross and the Salvation Army set up a shelter and were providing food and clothes for displaced families.
The Sheriff's Office asked members of the community to stop bringing donations for now until needs can be assessed.
The BGCO DR's Mobile Command Center will be stationed at First Baptist Church in Elk City, where all Baptist volunteer efforts will be coordinated. He said he was not aware of any injuries in that touchdown.
At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Xcel Energy was reporting power outages impacting 3,357 customers in the Barron and Rusk county areas.
Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin and northern Wisconsin as the night went on.
"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".
"This was a supercell that developed, a discrete storm", he said Tuesday night.
Throughout Wednesday night, Pritchard says they will continue to monitor keep everyone up to date on the severe weather, to make sure everyone is taking the right safety precautions. "It quickly gained strength over Washington County".