Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-05-21 11:29:34 –
Gaylord, Michigan — Michigan officials say at least two people were killed and 44 were injured after a tornado in Otsego County on Friday.
On Friday, Michigan police used Twitter to inform the public about the tornado damage that occurred on Gay Road, including trees and power lines that prevented roads, businesses and homes from being damaged.
Otsego County: A tornado has landed. The MSP and local resources respond. More information to follow as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/g6SUji8Zxv
— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) May 20, 2022
The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado passed Gay Road just before 4 pm. Officials say they believe the tornado was on the ground for 26 minutes and passed through the town in about 3 minutes.
There are no tornado sirens in the city of Gaylord, but officials say that when the NWS issues an alert, a code red alert will be sent to the mobile phone. Officials said a warning was issued about 10 minutes before the tornado landed.
The first death was reported on Friday night.
The second death was reported on Saturday at 1 am. Both of the dead victims are believed to have been at Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park at the time of the tornado. It is estimated that the mobile home park was hit hard and 95% was destroyed.
The injured were reportedly taken to several regional hospitals, including Grayling Hospital, McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, and Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
At this time, additional details about the murdered and injured are unknown. Authorities say the crew is currently conducting a secondary survey of the affected area.
The MSP states that some homes and businesses have been damaged and trees and power lines are blocking the roads. Thousands are powerless. People are advised to avoid the area and residents are required to evacuate there.
The crew cleaned the area, reducing the I-75 to one lane in each direction.
The city of Gaylord issued a curfew at 7 pm on Friday. It was lifted at 8 am on Saturday. Another curfew will be issued at the same time on Saturday night.
There is a missing person hotline on Gay Road: (989) 705-3780.
Gay Road photos and videos posted on social media show some of the widespread damage.
Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency while at the Gaylord Emergency Operations Center on Friday, and Otsego County declared a state of emergency.
Whitmer issued the following statement:
“My heart is aimed at families and small businesses affected by the tornado of Gay Road and stormy weather,” said Governor Whitmer. “I have declared a state of emergency for Otsego County to rush resources to the affected areas, and the state’s emergency operations center has been activated to coordinate our state’s response. Our state has been activated. We thank the first responders and utility workers who are working hard to keep everyone safe. Michigan is tough. We are resilient. And we are together. There are no challenges that cannot be overcome. “
After the tornado, Gaylord Sarah Fake spoke with WXYZ. She says she went home just in time to remove her cover.
“When I got home and went inside, my mom asked me if I wanted to close the garage, and when I went to close the garage, the wind blew. It took two people to close the door, and I closed the door and the basement. And in less than a minute, it was over, “she said.
The fake said it was only her and her mom’s house at the time. She said her dad and her brother were in a powerhouse gym with broken windows and people were hiding in the sauna.
The fake said he hadn’t heard the tornado warning siren Until after she went out to see the damage and the tornado was over.
“I was shocked. I wasn’t thinking about tornado warnings,” Fake said. “All the trees have been folded in half. The power lines are down to the wire fence. Now I can’t take the dog out and all the trees are gone in the vestibule. Mom’s tires popped … and There is damage on the side of the house. “
She said the area near the house was blocked due to fallen trees and power lines. She said no one in her family was injured.
Other Michigan lawmakers also issued a statement following the Gaylord tornado.
Senator Jim Stamas
“We would like to thank our brave first responders, local police and firefighters, and Michigan police soldiers who have stepped up to keep people safe,” said Senator Jim Stamas. “If possible, it’s important for people to stay inside and stay away from downed power lines and debris. Hold the whole family a little tighter and work together to recover and recover from this storm. “
Rep. Ken Boughton
“The damage caused by the tornado on Gaylord is absolutely devastating. Brenda and I are praying for all Gaylord’s neighbors,” said Ken Boaton. “In particular, I pray for the souls of those who have lost friends and family. I would like to express my deepest sympathies. I also pray for the earliest possible recovery of the injured. Police, first responders, and myself. Medical professionals in our community are working harder today. Thank you for their work in ensuring the safety of people and treating injured people. “
WXYZ’s Natalia Escalante and Alexandra Bahou first reported this story.