At least one killed as tornado tears though dozens of Oklahoma homes

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Two people were killed and dozens of others injured when more than a dozen tornadoes hit five states, flattening a mobile home park in Wisconsin and an Oklahoma housing block, according to the National Weather Service and fire and police officials.

A tornado tore through western Oklahoma on Tuesday evening, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and killing at least one person, media reported.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Officials say a tornado has touched down in a rural area of southwestern Oklahoma with no injuries or damage reported.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said two supercells formed in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday and then moved into Oklahoma.

The combination of moisture, an unstable air mass, a weak front just west of the Twin Cities combined with wind sheer to set up the severe storm and tornado, he said.

The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, leveling a mobile home park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 110 miles northeast of Minneapolis. According to the National Weather Service, 8 percent of Americans live in mobile home, but they make up 44 percent of the deaths from tornadoes. He told the Eau Claire newspaper the Prairie Lakes Estates trailer park is a mess and they were still searching Tuesday night. "We have at least one deceased so far and we're still in a search pattern".

A mobile home is among one of the most risky places to be during a tornado.

Dale Daily, 61, said he heard the warning siren about a half-hour before the tornado hit the mobile home park.

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Their home? Flattened. The SUV next to it?

Risenhoover estimated that about 20 to 30 Elk City area-homes and businesses were damaged and said that crews were out overnight to help residents.

Forecasters explore the movement of a low pressure zone and expect the appearance of tornadoes in other regions of the United States.

"We ended up on the rubble, glass and stuff underneath us", said Gloria Myer, who lost her home.

"Once you get between 90 and 120 miles per hour, that's enough to destroy a mobile home", Hultiquist said. "People's stuff is everywhere, it's their lives, their homes, everything they worked for".

Amazingly, Nolan escaped with just a couple of scratches, he said. The storm killed 45-year-old Eric Gavin and also injured 27 people. Samuelson's daughters suffered minor injuries.

There were no storm shelters at the trailer park, but the designated storm shelter is the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School/Middle School.

The Wisconsin tornado was part of a huge swath of the Plains and Upper Midwest threatened with severe weather.

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