Onalaska Sex Offender Accused of Impregnating 11-Year-Old Girl
Jul. 26—An Onalaska man has been accused of raping an 11-year-old multiple times between January 2020 and July 2021. The defendant, 58-year-old Gerald Lee King, was arrested after the victim's mother reported the victim was pregnant. When speaking to detectives, the victim reported that King had physically restrained and raped her several times, with the first incident occurring shortly before ...news.yahoo.com
2 weeks after deadly EF-3 tornado ripped through Onalaska, community still reeling
ONALASKA, Texas – The Onalaska community is still reeling from the devastation caused by an EF-3 tornado that touched down and destroyed several neighborhoods on April 22. “It’s been two weeks and every time we pull up it’s a different flood of emotions,” said resident Debbie Robins. Robins said she was home when the tornado hit and only had a few seconds to find shelter. Onalaska Assistant fire Chief TD Jennings was working the night the tornado hit and gave KPRC 2 a look at some of the hardest-hit areas in the Yaupon Cove subdivision. Officials asking anyone who can donate their time or money to please call the city of Onalaska or Polk County Emergency Management at (936) 327-6826.
Number of homes destroyed by EF3 tornado exceeds 170, Polk County Judge says
ONALASKA – Polk County officials gave an update two days after a tornado ripped through Onalaska, leaving devastation in its wake. Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy said that the number of damaged homes increased to 306. The American Red Cross provided shelter to about 100 residents who were displaced by the tornado, Murphy said. Instead, people can go to the Polk County Emergency Management Facebook page for instructions on how to properly sort their debris so it will get picked up by the county’s contractor. “Up until this point Polk County has done a great job,” Murphy said.
Community remembers couple among those killed in Polk County tornado
ONALASKA – The damage across Onalaska in Polk County from Wednesday's violent tornado was widespread. One of his best friends, Taylor Holbert and Taylor's girlfriend, Brooke Ivey, were both killed. Billy Price said he is thankful to be alive, considering he was driving down the highway when the tornado hit. Like so many small knit communities, Price also knew the couple that was killed. Less than 24 hours after the deadly tornado struck, the entire community is coming together to start rebuilding while remembering those lost.
Reporter’s Notebook: Surrounded by debris of what was their lives, Onalaska community remains resilient after tornado
Very little warning.”This is the sixth tornado Farrows said he has lived through. Mayra couldn’t recall too much of the moments the tornado hit but does remember waking up, pinned beneath her trailer. “I was expecting rain and hail and maybe a little wind, but not a full Wizard of Oz tornado,” Jimenez joked. Reilly told us preliminary findings indicated the tornado that descended on this little community had caused EF-2 damage. Reilly told us NWS has crews surveying the damage from this tornado all the way into Louisiana and their findings would be compiled into a complete report.
Tornado rips through East Texas city of Onalaska, killing 3 and injuring dozens
Tornado rips through East Texas city of Onalaska, killing 3 and injuring dozensLoretta Moehle takes a break on the steps of a friends house on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area and destroyed several homes in Onalaska, Texas. Several people were killed and up to 30 people were injured Wednesday as a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. less Loretta Moehle takes a break on the steps of a friends house on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area and destroyed several homes in Onalaska, Texas. Several people were killed and ... more Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 150 Caption Close Tornado rips through East Texas city of Onalaska, killing 3 and injuring dozens 1 / 150 Back to GalleryThree people were killed and 33 people were injured Wednesday as a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city of Onalaska, about 85 miles north of Houston. Murphy, the county judge, said that the tornado destroyed 46 homes and damaged another 291.chron.com
How to help people in Polk County after deadly tornado
ONALASKA, Texas – Three people lost their lives, and several communities were devastated by a tornado that plowed through Polk County Wednesday. People are in need of basic items like food, water clothing and other miscellaneous household items. The PCEM shared a post on how you can help those impacted by the tornado. VolunteeringDue to COVID-19, Polk County Emergency Management will not be setting up a physical volunteer reception center. People who were displaced by the tornado and need clothing can also call the Oasis at 936-327-1208 or 936-327-8467.
NWS: Deadly tornado in Onalaska peaked at 140 mph winds, caused EF3 damage in parts
ONALASKA, Texas – The National Weather Service said Thursday that preliminary information shows the tornado that ripped through Onalaska in Polk County Wednesday evening, caused between EF1 and EF3 damage with a peak wind of 140 miles per hour. NWS officials said the tornado caused EF1 and EF2 damage with winds of 135 miles per hour for the most part. However, in Paradise Acres Subdivision of Onalaska, the peak winds were at 140 miles per hour which caused EF3 damage. See the path of a deadly tornado that ripped through Polk County on April 22, 2020. “Up to this point, Polk County has done a really good job of sheltering at home,” Murphy said.
EXPLAINED: A team is surveying the damage in Onalaska. This is how they will classify the tornado.
The National Weather Service is sending a small survey team to survey the damage in Onalaska where at least 20 people were injured and three people were killed after a tornado ripped through multiple neighborhoods on Wednesday evening. What a survey team doesThe survey team is tasked with decoding the tornado’s life cycle. When all the evidence is collected the survey team matches the damage they see to what wind speed is required to produce that damage and classify the tornado using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. About Southeast Texas destructive tornadoesSoutheast Texas is not know for large destructive tornadoes. An EFO tornado would cause minor tree damage, maybe damage to gutters while an EF2 would could cause significant roof damage.
NWS: 'Extremely dangerous' tornado moves through southeast Texas counties north of Houston
NWS: 'Extremely dangerous' tornado moves through southeast Texas counties north of HoustonDamage from an apparent tornado in Onalaska, Texas, is seen from above Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Damage from an apparent tornado in Onalaska, Texas, is seen from above Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Photo: Scott J. Engle / Montgomery County Police Reporter Photo: Scott J. Engle / Montgomery County Police Reporter Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close NWS: 'Extremely dangerous' tornado moves through southeast Texas counties north of Houston 1 / 24 Back to GalleryA large tornado on Wednesday ripped through the town of Onalaska and crossed multiple southeast Texas counties north of Houston, prompting a disaster declaration in Polk County. The Polk County Office of Emergency Management issued a disaster declaration, but emergency management officials by late Wednesday could not provide an estimate on the number of injuries. Late Wednesday, Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy was assessing the situation from the county's emergency command center there.chron.com
3 killed, at least 20 injured after tornado rips through Onalaska in Polk County Wednesday
ONALASKA, Texas – At least 20 people were injured and three people were killed after a tornado ripped through multiple neighborhoods in Onalaska in Polk County Wednesday evening, according to the Polk County Office of Emergency Management. Polk County subdivisions hit hardest by tornado (Polk County Emergency Management, Texas)National Weather Service storm spotter Ian Shelton told KPRC 2 he started chasing the storm in the early afternoon. Multiple agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are enforcing blockades, assessing damage and helping residents in the area, Shelton said. VIDEO: Residents describe terrifying moments they saw a tornado touch down in Polk County WednesdayShelters:Polk County Emergency Management said anyone who might need shelter is asked to go to Dunbar Gym in Livingston as the schools in Onalaska have lost power. Posted by Polk County Emergency Management, Texas on Wednesday, April 22, 2020Gov.
Watch: Dynamite clears ice dam in Wis. creek
Watch: Dynamite clears ice dam in Wis. creek When heavy machinery wouldn't clear up ice blocking a creek, one community turned to more drastic measures. Officials in Onalaska, Wis., wound up having to use dynamite to blow up an ice dam that was up to 6 feet deep.cbsnews.com