Two people were killed and more than 40 injured when a rare tornado hit the town of Gaylord, north of Michigan on Friday. This phenomenon caused winds to exceed 220 kilometers per hour, according to the Associated Press.
A family carries belongings that were plucked from the wreckage of their home at Nottingham Forest trailer park in Gaylord, Michigan, Saturday (21) – Photo: Jake May/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP
The city of 4,200, which is more accustomed to snowstorms, was trying to recover this Saturday (21). The last time a strong wind storm hit the area was in 1998, when winds were recorded in excess of 160 km/h.
According to state police, the two victims were in their 70s and lived in the Nottingham Forest trailer park, one of the worst affected areas.
Vehicles destroyed as the tornado passed through Gaylord, Michigan – Photo: Jake May/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP
“Some of the trailers flipped and fell on top of each other. A large field of debris. There was probably 95% damage,” said Chris Martin, Otsego County Fire Chief.
Teams worked to restore access to electricity in the area, but thousands of people remained without electricity.
Gaylord, about 370 km northwest of Detroit, is a popular destination for skiers in the winter and golfers in the summer.
A married couple examines the damage to their home at Nottingham Forest trailer park in Gaylord, Michigan – Photo: Jake May/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP
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