At least two people were killed in the central United States on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as powerful thunderstorms rolled through the region. SPC’s preliminary reports mention at least 27 tornado reports and 150 hail/large hail reports from Texas to Wisconsin by 10:35 UTC (05:35 CDT) on May 17. A severe weather scenario similar to that of Tuesday is expected again on Thursday, May 18, NWS warns.

The storms leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park near Chetek, Wisconsin, about 177 km (110 miles) northeast of Minneapolis late Tuesday afternoon. When first responders arrived at the scene, they could hear the people crying for help in the rubble, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. READ MORE