1 dead, over 40 injured in Michigan as tornado hits Gaylord
A rare tornado hits northern Michigan leaving behind casualties and a trail of mass destruction.
Local media reported at least one person dead and more than 40 injured after a tornado hit the US state of Michigan on Friday afternoon.
The Detroit News, citing state and local health and law enforcement officials, said the tornado swept through Gaylord, a city located in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
#Tornado earlier Gaylord, MI. Complete video to come 🌪@ReedTimmerAccu #miwx pic.twitter.com/cVxkS5rA71— Jason H (AU) 🇦🇺 (@OreboundImages) May 20, 2022
The newspaper added that one person died and 44 people were wounded, confirming that homes and businesses were ruined and power was out in some places.
Tornado damage today at Gaylord, Michigan… video from Steven Bischer pic.twitter.com/RH5SK7U7yJ— James Spann (@spann) May 20, 2022
According to Fox 2 Detroit, officials have issued a shelter in place order and imposed an overnight curfew. The Red Cross was also working to set up a shelter at E-Free Church in Gaylord, as per the state police.
"Due to the ongoing emergency in Gaylord, residents are asked to shelter in place," state police tweeted, adding the city imposed a 7 pm curfew to end at 8 am Saturday.
Due to the ongoing emergency in Gaylord, residents are asked to shelter in place. The City of Gaylord has imposed a 7:00 PM curfew. It will be lifted tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM. pic.twitter.com/gnOsS6oka4— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) May 20, 2022
Earlier this month, a tornado struck Madison County in the US state of Iowa, killing four adults and two children, according to officials.
Hundreds of tornadoes slammed through five US states overnight in December, killing at least 79 people in Kentucky, as well as fatalities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois.