LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) -- A trailer sits in a bank lobby. A convenience store's roof is wrapped around a tree. The Baptist church is a pile of rock. The water tower is collapsed.
The tornado that tore through this rural northwestern Wisconsin town of 4,000 people Monday left a path of destruction that hit at the heart of downtown. The twister caused dozens of injuries, but officials say none appeared to be serious.
Police Chief Norm Rozak told CBS' "Early Show" Tuesday morning that no bodies had been found in the rubble and everyone was accounted for.
"A lot of people are just walking and crying," resident Dawn Hills said Monday. "No one in their worst dreams thought this could happen."
The tornado was part of a larger storm that swept across northern Wisconsin and generated at least one other tornado, which hit a rural area near Wausau.
The twister struck at 4:30 p.m., destroying or damaging as many as 60 homes and businesses in Ladysmith, about 100 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Rozak said.
It cut a path through downtown, which would have been packed had it not been Labor Day. Residents said the town's tornado siren never sounded -- everything happened too fast.
About 40 people were taken to hospitals with injuries, but 21 were released Monday night, officials said.
"It's not good for us, but there's a lot of great people up here," Rozak said late Monday. "We'll have so many volunteers tomorrow that we won't know what to do with all of them."
All five schools serving Ladysmith were closed Tuesday, said a patrol officer in the Rusk County Sheriff's Department. The first day of school in the neighboring town of Bruce was canceled because the Red Cross had set up an aid station, where about 20 people spent the night on cots.
Gov. Scott McCallum declared Ladysmith a disaster area and planned to visit the site Tuesday, spokesman Tim Roby said.
Rozak said plugging gas leaks was the main priority for emergency crews.
On Tuesday morning, 2,500 customers in Ladysmith remained without power along with another 1,500 customers in the region.
During the storm, Peter Ollinger said he sat outside and watched a half-mile wide cloud of spinning lumber, glass and rock tear through town. Then he scrambled into his father's bomb shelter.
"It looked like a sandstorm," he said. "It sounded exactly like a train. It scared the hell out of me."
Shattered glass, broken lumber and other debris littered the city's main street. Tree limbs as thick as a man's thigh covered the gas pumps at the E-Z Stop station. Tree trunks sat in attic windows, and the roof was torn off the fire department.
Mayor Marty Reynolds, who quit the state Legislature to run a bed and breakfast downtown and is running for lieutenant governor, was out of town when he heard about the tornado.
He rushed back to discover the town's water tower had collapsed on his garage. The tidal wave of water smashed through the windows of his bed and breakfast.
"I just spent three years building this," he said as he inspected the damage, glass shards crunching under his feet. "I don't know if I can do this again."
His campaign finance reports lay in a tattered, soaked heap in what was once the inn's breakfast room. Outside, a tree limb had impaled his pickup and garage door.
"I've got a van out here somewhere, too," he said. "Somebody said they saw it in the river."
A second tornado hit north of Wausau on Monday evening, National Weather Service meteorologist Roy Eckberg said.
A few houses were damaged and trees and power lines were down in the lightly populated area where the tornado hit, said Marathon Emergency Government Director Jerome Boettcher. He had no reports of injuries.
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