At Least 1 Killed, 23 Hurt In Rare Northern Michigan Tornado

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GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — A rare northern Michigan tornado that hammered a small town has injured at least 23 people and killed at least one other.

Munson Healthcare spokesman Brian Lawson said Friday that he had no details about the person who was killed or the conditions of those who were hurt by the tornado that rushed through Gaylord, a city of about 4,200, at about 3:45 p.m.

He said the pace of people being brought to Gaylord-Otsego Memorial Hospital had slowed since the hours right after the storm. Mike Klepadlo, who owns a car repair shop in Gaylord, says he and his workers took cover in a bathroom, and that he feels lucky to be alive because it blew the back off the building.


Original Story (5/20/22):

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — A tornado has torn through a small community in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, flipping vehicles, tearing the roofs off buildings and causing other damage.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths caused by the tornado that hit Gaylord on Friday.

Eddie Thrasher says he was sitting in his car outside an auto parts store in the community about 230 miles northwest of Detroit when the tornado seemed to appear above him.

He says roofs were ripped off businesses.

Recreational vehicles were also flipped and destroyed.

The State Police says trees and power lines are blocking roads and multiple homes were damaged.