One dead, two dozen hurt in northern Wisconsin tornado

CHETEK (WKOW) -- One person was killed and more than two dozen hurt when a tornado touched down in northern Wisconsin on Tuesday.

The Barron County sheriff says a tornado hit a mobile home park near Chetek, more than 50 miles north of Eau Claire.

Aerial video of the scene shows homes ripped to shreds and numerous ambulances and fire trucks. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says most of the damage is concentrated at the mobile home park and barns at a nearby turkey farm. Wisconsin Emergency Management says about 40 homes were destroyed in the mobile home park. The turkey farm was also destroyed.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says emergency crews are sweeping the buildings to find people who are still unaccounted for.

"I know there were walls on top of people is how it was described to me. I would describe it as total destruction. There's a whole row where there should be trailers, there's nothing," Fitzgerald says.

Fitzgerald says authorities will be on scene throughout the night, and will have an increased presence there on Wednesday.

Emergency Management officials say a shelter and reception center is open in Cameron at the Mosaic Telephone Company.

Officials say the National Weather Service also confirmed a tornado touchdown in Rusk County in the Bruce area. Officials say seven homes were destroyed. There are no reports of any injuries.

According to the National Weather Service's office in the Twin Cities, there are reports of four tornadoes in this area -- Chetek (Barron County), Weyerhaeuser (Rusk County), Ladysmith (Rusk County) and Conrath (Rusk County). What still needs to be confirmed is whether this was just one tornado that remained on the ground through each of these locations or whether the reports were actually separate twisters.

The National Weather Service will send survey teams to the damaged areas Wednesday morning.

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