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Deadly tornado near Chetek rated a strong EF2

The National Weather Service says its preliminary damage rating for a tornado that destroyed a trailer park and killed a man in northwestern Wisconsin is a strong EF2.

The enhanced F-scale runs from EF0 to EF5. An EF2 or higher is considered a significant tornado.

The weather service says the twister packed winds of 120 to 130 mph, or even slightly stronger, when it hit the park near Chetek on Tuesday evening.

The length of its path is still being determined.

Governor surveys damage from Wisconsin tornado

Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for three counties in northwestern Wisconsin following a deadly tornado and damaging storms.

Walker visited a trailer park near the city of Chetek on Wednesday afternoon where one resident was killed and 25 people were injured Tuesday night.

The governor told reporters it was "nothing short of a miracle" that more people weren't hurt. He says the survivors are going to need help for some time to come.

Walker's declaration covers Barron, Jackson and Rusk counties. He directed state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help those affected by the storms.

The weather service says it received reports of more than two dozen tornado sightings Tuesday night across five states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The weather service says it received reports of more than two dozen tornado sightings Tuesday night across five states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin.


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