Powerful storms killed at least two people in the central United States on Tuesday as over 20 reports of tornadoes poured in throughout the day.
According to the National Weather Service, nearly 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning.
The tornadoes turned deadly as they swept through areas including Elk City, Oklahoma and Chetek, Wisconsin. In Chetek, at least one person died after a tornado flattened a mobile home park. Another person was killed in Elk City, where a tornado destroyed at least 40 homes, according to the Associated Press.
Damaging wind gusts between 60 and 70 mph caused extensive tree and power line damage and left thousands without power. Hail as large as baseballs was reported in Kansas.
The thunderstorms unleashed torrential rainfall between 1 to 3 inches, which triggered flash flooding in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.
The weather will not cooperate for cleanup operations as more rounds of severe weather are in store across the Central states into Friday.
Everyone is okay involved in this picture, but the house is pretty much gone after the Elk City, OK, tornado. @NEWS9 #okwx pic.twitter.com/B0GKlkVaXT
— Lacie Lowry (@LacieLowry) May 17, 2017
NEW: tornadoes on 2 supercells from E TX Panhandle thru W OK incl. damaging Elk City tornado in which we deployed the probe @breakingweather pic.twitter.com/SJUxk6ztwt
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 17, 2017
@NWSTwinCities Riding out the storm in Cameron, Wi. Hail over 2" in diameter pic.twitter.com/ZMAF8oEW6q
— Tanner Johnson (@VanillaGohrilla) May 16, 2017
Tornado damage from earlier this evening near Chetek, Wisconsin. Photo credit: Toby Kutrieb. #Tornado #WIwx pic.twitter.com/BmrclCwPIF
— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) May 17, 2017