Tornado tears through small Michigan city, buildings ripped to pieces – New York Daily News

A “large and extremely dangerous” tornado hit Gaylord, Michigan on Friday afternoon, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The National Weather Service reported the tornado just before 4 p.m. The tornado destroyed buildings and overturned cars and mobile homes.

No injuries or deaths were immediately reported, according to local media.

Debris littered the ground in the town of 4,000 people about 50 miles south of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Witnesses said the tornado passed through the most populated area of ​​the city.

“I’m lucky to be alive. It blew up the back of the building,” auto repair shop owner Mike Klepadlo told The Associated Press after hiding in a bathroom. “Twenty feet of the back wall is gone. The whole roof is missing. At least half of the building is still there. It’s bad.”

Social media photos showed several buildings in the city had been destroyed, including a Culver’s restaurant and part of a shopping mall.

“Trees and power lines block roads,” Michigan State Police tweeted. “Several homes and businesses damaged. Avoid the Gaylord area.

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