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NWS: Tornado spotted in Gaylord area

A tornado touched down in the area of Gaylord on Friday, according to the National Weather...
A tornado touched down in the area of Gaylord on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.(Source: Sarah Freeman.)
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 4:47 PM EDT
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GAYLORD, Mich. (WNEM) - A tornado touched down in the area of Gaylord on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado was spotted at about 4 p.m.

There will be a shelter at E-Free Church in Gaylord at 1649 E. M-32. The Red Cross will be at that location.

State police said ambulances are taking injured residents to local hospitals.

Residents in the Gaylord area are being asked to shelter in place. Gaylord has imposed a 7 p.m. curfew for Friday night. The curfew will be lifted at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave this statement about the tornado in the Gaylord area:

“We are monitoring the extreme weather situation in Gaylord and Northern Michigan closely. As Michigan State Police have noted, trees and power lines are down, and multiple homes and businesses have been damaged. The MSP urge Michiganders to avoid the Gaylord area. Emergency crews are responding to help residents and assess the damage. Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings remain in effect throughout Northern Michigan. Our thoughts are with the impacted communities and first responders and utility workers who are working hard to keep everyone safe. For up-to-date information and alerts, follow @mspnorthernmi.”

Storm damage of Gaylord tornado by Sarah Freeman.
Storm damage of Gaylord tornado by Sarah Freeman.(Source: Sarah Freeman.)
Storm damage in Gaylord from tornado courtesy of Jacob Stuckman.
Storm damage in Gaylord from tornado courtesy of Jacob Stuckman.(Source: Jacob Stuckman.)
Storm damage in Gaylord from tornado courtesy of Jacob Stuckman.
Storm damage in Gaylord from tornado courtesy of Jacob Stuckman.(Source: Jacob Stuckman.)