The tornado that ripped through Gaylord on Friday, killing 2 and leaving 44 injured, left considerable wreckage in its wake.
A tweet from Michigan State Police’s Northern Michigan Post shows where the tornado touched down and its path of destruction.
Collapsed commercial and residential buildings, downed power lines and crushed vehicles were among the remnants of the tornado.
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A combination of forces led to Friday’s powerful tornado, according to the National Weather Service. A combination rarely seen in northern Michigan, officials said.
On Friday, a storm with damaging wind began to roll through the Midwest due to a long stretch of low atmospheric pressure. The storm turned into what’s called a supercell thunderstorm, a type of storm that can produce conditions ripe for damage, including high winds and the kind of tornado that ripped through Gaylord.
Gaylord has no tornado sirens, but residents do receive alerts through their cellphones.
Christine MacDonald, Tess Ware and Lily Altavena of the Free Press contributed to this story.
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