Police: Almost all power restored in Gaylord after tornado – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Almost all of the energy lost after a deadly tornado that killed two people and devastated parts of a northern Michigan community has been recovered, state police said Sunday.

Police also said everyone was held accountable because in Gaylord, where more than 40 people were also injured at the EF3 on Friday afternoon. The authorities had said on Saturday that they were unable to enlighten a person.

Cleanup efforts continued on Sunday in the city of 4,200 people about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

About 6,100 utility customers in Otsego County, where Gaylord is the county seat, lost power due to Friday’s storms, according to Jackson-based Consumers Energy. State police said Sunday power has been restored to 99% of Gaylord’s utility customers.

The tornado packed 140-mph winds that ripped through the roofs and walls of businesses and mostly destroyed an RV park.

Such storms are uncommon in northern Michigan. the lt State Police officer Derrick Carroll said the city has no tornado sirens, although anyone with a cell phone received a “Code Red” alert from the weather service about 10 minutes before the tornado hit.

Nottingham Forest mobile home park was one of the first places to be hit by the tornado. Two residents, described by police as in their 70s, were killed.

Some trailers at the RV park were picked up by the EF3 tornado and tossed around. The National Weather Service rates tornadoes on a scale of 0 to 5.

Gaylord Councilman Vic Ouellette told the Petoskey News-Review that flying debris shattered his wife’s vertebrae as the couple hid in their basement.

“I saw her literally being knocked down with debris and particles off the ground,” he said. “The wall hit her on the back and knocked her to the ground with things walking all over her.”

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