At least 1 death as tornado hits Oklahoma subdivision of Elk City

Posted at 8:25 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 17:21:11-04

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) -- The Latest on the deadly storms in the central U.S. (all times local):

Gov. Mary Fallin says the damage to a western Oklahoma community that a tornado struck, killing a man, is devastating.

Fallin toured Elk City on Wednesday afternoon as families sorted through the remains of their homes. The governor was joined by state and local officials and emergency responders.

Fallin told reporters that it's never easy seeing people who have lost their homes.

National Weather Service meteorologists say preliminary indications show eight tornadoes touched down in western Oklahoma on Tuesday. Fifty-three-year-old Bo Mikles was killed as he was apparently fleeing his home when his vehicle was thrown several hundred feet.

Authorities say at least 40 homes were destroyed.

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. A tornado killed a man in Wisconsin.

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