EF3 tornado that hit Gaylord had winds reaching 150 mph

The tornado that touched down in Gaylord on Friday was an EF3 with winds reaching 150 mph, causing two deaths and 44 injuries, according to officials and the National Weather Service.

The weather service earlier indicated top wind speeds of 140 mph.

The twister ranks 16th in injuries and 21st in fatalities in Michigan since 1950, according to the weather service.

The last tornado to cause more injuries than Friday’s tornado in Gaylord was on July 2, 1997, in Highland Park when an F2 tornado injured 90 people, said Jim Keysor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord..

There have been seven total deaths in Michigan due to a tornado since 1990, Keysor said.

“Among those seven this is only the second time in the last 32 years there have been multiple deaths from one tornado,” he said. “This is pretty rare.”

MORE: Gaylord tornado death toll at two, 44 ​​people injured

Gilchrist surveys damage

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II flew into Gaylord on Saturday afternoon, and was able to survey some of the damage in town before visiting the emergency command center set up by local authorities.

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