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Storm conditions have struck the US this week, from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.
Two people have died after tornadoes and severe storms hit the area on Tuesday. One person in Wisconsin was killed when a tornado swept through a mobile home park yesterday. A second died after another tornado ripped through a residential area in Oklahoma.
Storms have also been battering the Midwest in the past two days, knocking out telephones services in some areas.
Barron County Sherriff Chris Fitzgerald told local media the tornado hit Wisconsin's Prairie Lakes Estate around 5.30pm yesterday. Footage shot by helicopters shows extensive damage to the trailer park, with some homes reduced entirely to rubble.
Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram: "It's a mess. It's pretty bad. We have at least one deceased so far and we're still in a search pattern."
Massive hail stones dropped during the storms. Credit: PA
One resident told the paper: "The whole thing was over in about a minute - a minute of terror. But for about 30 seconds, it sounded like a train was coming right through my trailer."
Fitzgerald told KMSP-TV he was greeted with 'total devastation' when he arrived at the park, saying first-responders could hear people shouting for help.
Damage at mobile home park in Chetek. Search and rescue still ongoing. @ian_leonard @MyFOX9 pic.twitter.com/iGW8lCeNoY
- Tim Purington (@TPurington) May 17, 2017
Photo of hail that fell in town of Barron, WI earlier this evening. Largest stone 3" in diameter. Photo courtesy of Charles Wenger. #wiwx pic.twitter.com/pfbTwTQw0L
- NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) May 17, 2017
At least one person is dead after a strong tornado in Elk City Oklahoma Tuesday night. Video from Everett Occhipinti #elkcity #okwx pic.twitter.com/YBvrIw0fm8
- Brad Sowder (@KOCOBrad) May 17, 2017
All local law enforcement agencies, 12 ambulances and six area fire departments were called to the scene.
Around 25 people are believed to have been injured.
The second fatal tornado hit Oklahoma at around 7.15 pm, wrecking a huge portion of the subdivision. Fire Chaplain, Danny Ringer, told the Associated Press at least one person had died and 40 homes had been destroyed. He added that a further 50 to 75 properties had been 'severely damaged'.
By yesterday evening the National Weather Service had received more than 20 reports of tornadoes from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. However, some of these could be multiple reports of the same twister.
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