Lieutenant Jim Gorno of Department of Michigan of Natural resources described the scene in in area as “catastrophic” with cars overturned over and structures destroyed.
Munson Healthcare spokesman Brian Lawson told CNN that 23 injured patients were taken to Otsego Memorial Hospital and 12 to Grayling Hospital. Eight people treated in other hospitals outside Munson system, he said. Michigan State Police released the number of wounded 44 years old.
city Officials say there is a curfew until 8 am.
Tornado hit in area around 15:48, weather officials said.
“This is busy downtown area, and he walked right through it,” Mining told CNN.
“We’re not used to this. up – he said. We don’t have sirens. like in other parts of the country.”
Gaylord council member Jordan Ory said some institutions and businesses in in area now look like they “have never been there”.
“The city is devastated,” Ori said, adding that he was confident in his community can get together and rebuild.
Council member brotherGabe Ory, was driving home when the tornado hit. By that time he made this is his street he saw that he was blocked off. 25-year-old parked his car through street before you make it way home on foot.
“When I first the wreckage arrived in in the front and back yards,” he said, adding that the cars belonging to his neighbors were also destroyed. ” building directly to the west of us their whole roof was blown onto ours property.”
Witness describes seeing and hearing a twister
The video was filmed by Gaylord resident Brandon Smith. shows scattered garbage in in air after the tornado touched down.
Smith said he received a tornado warning. on his phone and he went outside to see where it was.
“I watched outside and didn’t see too much on and a few minutes after this alert off I watched over another side of in house and that’s when i saw it over trees, he said.
Smith, who estimates, he may have been quarter of a mile from a tornado, described its sound like freight train. He also said it sounded like en air compressor going off in garage. “I think it was deafening for those in This path,” he said.
“We’re used to the snow and it doesn’t bother us us but to see this type of weather just shocked everyone,” Smith said.
“To stand outside my house to see it in the man was just incredible. I was in shock and in awe, I thought ‘holy cow it is right in front of my face,’ ” is he added.
The governor promises help
National Weather Service meteorologist Sean Christensen told CNN about the twister. hit west of in city center near Interstate 75 and moved east to northeast.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her heart out to people damaged by the storm.
Around 25,000 people live in Gaylord and Otsego County, according to the US Census Bureau. The village is about 235 miles away north of Detroit.
Dave Alsup of CNN contributed to this report.