Theresa Husk clears the wreckage of what used to be her garage after a hurricane hit the west side of Gaylord on Friday, May 20, 2022.

1 dead and 44 injured after Hurricane Gaylord

Gaylord — At least one person was killed and 44 others injured after a cyclone swept through the Gaylord area on Friday afternoon and damaged many homes and businesses, state and local officials said.

Ambulances took the wounded to local hospitals, according to Michigan State Police. However, the Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord was referring patients to medical centers in nearby cities because it lost electricity and was running on generated power Friday evening.

Modernization: The death toll in Hurricane Gaylord has now reached two, while the fate of a third has not been calculated

Brian Lawson, a health care spokesman for Monson, said Otsego Memorial had 23 tornado patients Friday night, a number later confirmed by state police. In addition, there were 12 patients at Grayling Hospital, eight at McLaren Northern Michigan Petoskey, and one at Monson Medical Center in Traverse City, state police wrote on Twitter.

Lawson said Friday he had no details of who was killed or the conditions of those hurt by the tornado that smashed through Gaylord City, which has a population of about 4,200. Otsego Memorial is part of the Munson Health Care System.

Lawson said the pace of people being taken to Gaylord Otsego Memorial Hospital has slowed since the hours immediately following the storm.

He said, “From what I gathered, things settled down a little.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Otsego County, where Gaylord is located. This measure allows for the use of state resources along with the local response and recovery efforts.

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