1 killed, dozens injured after Tornado touches down in Gaylord

A tornado touched down in Gaylord during a thunderstorm Friday afternoon, injuring dozens, killing at least one and leaving its residents stunned.

The tornado touched down at 3:45 pm and was much longer than the area would expect. It traveled several miles over the course of several minutes, said Jim Keysor, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. It started southwest of Gaylord and moved northeast, but the exact length and path haven’t been determined yet.

“For northern Michigan, it will likely be a fairly long, damaged path,” Keysor said. “(It wouldn’t be long if you) were in tornado alley in the plains, but for northern Michigan where we don’t receive very many tornadoes, it’s a fairly long path.”

It ripped through both residential and commercial areas. The Michigan State Police issued at 7 p.m. curfew.

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