Tornado kills at least one and causes havoc in Michigan town
At least one person was killed and multiple people were injured after a tornado tore through Gaylord, Michigan, severely damaging buildings in its path, state officials confirmed.
“It destroyed many [businesses] and caused heavy damage in a trailer park,” state officials said, according to meteorologist Jacqui Jeras. “There is one fatality so far (more possible), along with many injuries.”
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Blake Harms, a meteorologist for WLNS-TV in Lansing, said gas leaks have also been reported at houses damaged by the tornado. Hobby Lobby and other businesses have additionally been damaged.
“Otsego County scanner — Gaylord area — is very noisy after a damaging tornado moved through,” Harms tweeted. “Gas leaks being reported at damaged houses, Hobby Lobby and other businesses sustained heavy damage, injuries being reported.”
Information about the multiple reported injuries has not been released, although Michigan State Police said it is sending resources to the area, according to MLive. The tornado passed through the town at 3:40 p.m. and was continuing northeast at 50 mph.
State police have also requested that people avoid the Gaylord area due to fallen trees and power lines that have created dangerous situations.
Photos shared on social media show fallen trees and damage to buildings and trailers. One car was reportedly flipped over, and hail was also described.
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Gaylord is a town of 4,000 residents and is the county seat of Otsego County.