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Tornado wreaks havoc inside northern Michigan community

Tornado wreaks havoc inside northern Michigan community

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — A tornado tore into and not here of a small population inside Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula on Friday, flipping vehicles, tearing the roofs off buildings with every one other accompanied by causing other damage.

There were no indeed immediate reports of injuries or deaths caused by the tornado that hit Gaylord, a population of violently 4,200 people concerning 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Eddie Thrasher, 55, said he was sitting inside his automobile external outside an auto parts store when the twister seemed to become visible above him.

"There are roofs ripped off businesses, a row of industrial-type warehouses," Thrasher said. "RVs were flipped upside down with every one other accompanied by destroyed. There were a a large amount of crisis vehicles heading from the the orient side of town."

He said he ran into the store to ride it out.

"My adrenaline was going exist fond of crazy," Thrasher said. "In less than five minutes it was over."

Multiple homes were damaged with every one other accompanied by trees with every one other accompanied by powerlines were downed an blocking roads, the State Police said on Twitter. Images shared on communal media showed multiple RVs shredded to pieces inside a parking lot.

Mike Klepadlo, owner of Alter-Start North, a automobile repair shop, said he with every one other accompanied by his workers took cover inside a bathroom.

"I'm fortunate I'm alive. It blew the spine off the building," he said. "Twenty feet (6 meters) of the spine barrier is gone. The whole roof is missing. At least fifty per cent of the building is still here. It's bad."

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Video posted on communal media showed large harm down Gaylord's Main Street. One building appeared to exist mostly collapsed with every one other accompanied by small portion of a Goodwill store was damaged. A collapsed utility pole lay on the side of the road, with every one other accompanied by debris, including what appeared to exist electrical wires with every one other accompanied by parts of a Marathon gasoline station, was scattered all down the street.

Otsego Memorial Hospital said it had no indeed remark concerning some people seeking behaviour towards for injuries.

Brandie Slough, 42, said she with every one other accompanied by a teen feminine child sought safety inside a restroom at a Culver's. Windows of the fast food eating place were blown not here when they emerged, with every one other accompanied by her pickup truck had been flipped on its roof inside the parking lot.

"We shook our heads inside disbelief nevertheless are thankful to exist safe. At that point, who cares concerning the truck," Slough said.

Gaylord, known while the "Alpine Village," is place to commemorate its 100th birthday this year, accompanied by a centennial commemoration that will include a parade with every one other accompanied by not shut house at City Hall subsequent this summer.

The population too holds the yearly Alpenfest inside July, an Alpine-inspired commemoration honoring the city's inheritance with every one other accompanied by a collaboration accompanied by a female sibling city inside Switzerland.

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White reported from Detroit. AP reporters Corey Williams inside Detroit, Ken Kusmer inside Indianapolis with every one other accompanied by Sara Burnett inside Chicago contributed.

Tornado wreaks havoc inside northern Michigan community

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