Deadly tornado tears through small Michigan town, at least 1 person killed – New York Daily News

At least one person was killed and 40 others were injured when a “large and extremely dangerous” tornado hit Gaylord, Michigan on Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service reported the tornado just before 4 p.m. The tornado destroyed buildings and overturned cars and mobile homes, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

A local hospital did not immediately report the condition of the many injured. City leaders and national weather authorities had not fully assessed the damage as of Friday evening.

Debris littered the ground in the town of 4,000 people about 50 miles south of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Witnesses said the tornado passed through the most populated area of ​​the city.

“I’m lucky to be alive. It blew up the back of the building,” auto repair shop owner Mike Klepadlo said after hiding in a bathroom. “Twenty feet of the back wall is gone. The whole roof is missing. At least half of the building is still there. It’s bad.”

Social media photos showed several buildings in the city had been destroyed, including a Culver’s restaurant and part of a shopping mall.

“Trees and power lines block roads,” Michigan State Police tweeted. “Several homes and businesses damaged. Avoid the Gaylord area.

Michigan, especially northern Michigan, rarely experiences such high winds and storms due to the surrounding Great Lakes.

“We’re not used to it here,” Jim Gorno of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources told CNN. “We don’t have sirens like in other parts of the country.”

With dispatch services

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