A Tornado ripped through the northern Michigan town of Gaylord in the lower peninsula Friday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 43, officials said.
Lt. Col. Jim Carno of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources called the car crash a “hazard” locally because of damage to homes.
Twenty-three of the injured were taken to Otzeko Memorial Hospital and 12 to Crawling Hospital, Munson Healthcare spokesman Brian Lawson told CNN.
Eight people were treated at other hospitals outside the Munson system, he said. Michigan State Police say 44 people were injured.
On Saturday, May 21, 2022, crews began work to restore power to the damaged business on West Main Street in Gaylord. The Tornado destroyed several businesses and caused significant damage in some areas.
New video shows the aftermath of a tornado in Gaylord, Michigan, including a collapsed building and a flipped truck. At least 1 person was killed and 23 were hurt >> https://t.co/43YeEssULG pic.twitter.com/wIF3DVzrOu
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The curfew in the city will remain in effect till 8 am, officials said.
Forecasters said the Tornado hit at 3:48 p.m.
“It’s a bustling downtown area, and he walked right through it,” Carno told CNN.
“We’re not used to being here,” he said. “We don’t have angels like the rest of the country.”
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Michigan produces an average of just 15 Tornado a year, according to the state website.
Gaylord council member Jordan Avery said some companies and businesses in the area now “never. Avery said the city is broken and he hopes his community can come together and rebuild.
This resident was inside the Hobby Lobby in Gaylord during the tornado on Friday. Here is a video of the aftermath in the parking lot. Michigan State Police are asking residents in the Gaylord area to shelter in place.
Video by Brittany Gunderson. pic.twitter.com/MWf4oj87bE
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