Severe Storms Including Tornadoes Possible Thursday


"I ran to the bathroom and I came out and saw this", Sarah Zurn who lives at Prarie Lake Estates Mobile Home Park told WEAU 13 News.

People impacted by tornadoes in Elk City were permitted to return to their homes with day passes valid between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit last night", Governor Walker said. He says the man had bad head trauma and that he tried to keep him from going to sleep.

"It was just chaos. It was just people searching for family members, for their pets, belongings", Schulz said of the aftermath.

Several poultry barns at a turkey processing plant across the street from the trailer park were badly damaged, and turkeys could be seen wandering in the debris.

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Fitzgerald said crews will stay on scene through the night. Only concrete slabs remained Wednesday where 15 trailers once stood.

In eastern Nebraska, winds damaged homes, farms and businesses and left thousands of people without electricity.

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.

For that reason, those counties along and west of the Illinois River Valley are under a slight risk for severe weather. Lightning blew siding and bricks off a home in Lincoln and a funnel cloud was spotted about 40 miles southwest of the city, near Exeter, but no damage was reported.

In a well-constructed home, an EF-2 tornado might cause roof damage or partial loss of a roof.

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Tuesday's storms were part of two supercells that formed in the Texas Panhandle before moving to the north and east. "Included in the path of the tornado were the Lake Amacoy and Conrath areas, which sustained the most severe damage", Rusk County Sheriff Jeffrey S. Wallace said.

The region could be in for more potentially damaging storms.

The severe storm that hit the Chetek area started to develop about two hours earlier in the St. Paul area, according to meteorologist Mike Griesinger of the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Isolated thunderstorms are expected in the western part of the state, though the system is expected to weaken as it reaches Chicago between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Severe storms are likely throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.

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