The city of Gaylord, Michigan, was severely hit by a tornado on Friday afternoon (May 20). According to the authorities, the injured are being transported to the hospital
A vicious tornado has torn through a US city, injuring dozens of people and causing “catastrophic” damage.
The Michigan town of Gaylord lies in ruins after high winds ravaged it Friday afternoon (May 20).
The number of injured is not known at this time, authorities confirm that the injured are being taken to the hospital.
No deaths have been confirmed so far, the Daily Mirror reports.
Around 3:40 p.m. (local time) the tornado hit the small town with only 4,000 inhabitants, severe damage to buildings was reported.
A Michigan Department of Natural Resources employee told CNN that the debris caused was “catastrophic.”
Lt. Michigan Police Department Derrick Carroll said the tornado tore through a trailer park, pulled through Gaylord’s business district and downed power cables – with most of the damage being done on the west side of the city.
Michigan Police Department tweeted: “Otsego County: Tornado has landed. MSP and local resources respond. More information will follow as it becomes available.”
It then added: “Trees and power lines are blocking roads. Several homes and businesses damaged. Avoid the Gaylord area. rescuers respond. Heavy damage throughout the area.
“Ambulances are transporting injured people to local hospitals. There are currently no confirmed deaths.
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“Lodging will be established at E-Free Church, Gaylord, 1649 E. M-32. The Red Cross will be set up in this place.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted, “My heart goes out to the families and small businesses affected by the tornado and storm in Gaylord.
“To the entire Gaylord community – Michigan is with you. We’ll do whatever it takes to rebuild.
“@mspnorthernmi and other first responders are on site to help residents. We are grateful to the police officers, firefighters, EMTs, utility workers and so many others who are helping on the ground.”