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Watch: Drone Footage Shows Tornado Damage in Michigan – A tornado tore through Gaylord, Mich., on Friday, flipping over rows of vehicles and tearing the roofs off buildings.
Photos and videos show extensive damage to buildings, vehicles, and other structures. There are injuries, but it’s unknown how many or how serious.
“So we don’t really know we don’t know the magnitude yet,” said Jim Keysor, of NWS. “We have a storm survey team out right now. But we do know that there’s considerable damage across the western part of Gaylord a lot of businesses, a lot of homes, there’s a lot of debris and roads that are blocked by debris.
Michigan State Police sent troopers to help in the area.
Watch: Drone Footage Shows Tornado Damage in Michigan
An ABC/NBC affiliate in Traverse City showed video of the tornado moving over Interstate 75 in the busiest part of the city. Drone video posted to social media showed mobile homes stacked on one another and wood strewn throughout the street. A photo showed homes knocked off their foundations.
“My heart goes out to the families and small businesses impacted by the tornado and severe weather in Gaylord,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) tweeted. “To the entire Gaylord community — Michigan is with you. We will do what it takes to rebuild.”
The city imposed a 7 p.m. curfew and asked residents to shelter in place.
The twister ripped through Gaylord around 3:45 p.m. Eastern time. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area at 3:38 p.m., when the twister was nine miles away. As it moved into Gaylord, the Weather Service warned of a “a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado.” It urged residents to take cover. “This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION,” the warning stated.
Ahead of the storm, the Weather Service had placed much of the northern part of the lower Michigan under a severe thunderstorm watch starting at 1:55 p.m. that cautioned “a tornado or two” was possible.
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The tornadic storm erupted along a strong cold front sweeping across the country. The same front caused temperatures in Denver to crash more than 50 degrees in 24 hours. On Thursday afternoon, it was 86 degrees there; Friday afternoon it was 33 degrees and snowing.
Exceptionally warm air swelled ahead of the front, which is poised to break scores of records along the East Coast on Saturday, where temperatures could soar to nearly 100 degrees.