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FEMA to Begin Assessment of Gaylord’s Deadly EF3 Tornado

GAYLORD, MI – Response teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, will be in Gaylord Tuesday to begin their assessment tornado damage, Michigan State Police said. 

The deadly EF3 tornado hit the Northern Michigan town on Friday afternoon, May 20. Two people were killed and 44 were injured.

With winds whipping up to 150 mph, the tornado was on the ground for 20 minutes and left a 16.6-mile long, 200-yard-wide path of destruction, according to the National Weather Service Gaylord. One of the most devastated areas is the Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park, which was mostly demolished. Businesses in town such as Culver’s, Hobby Lobby and Gordon Food Services were also significantly damaged.