State Of Emergency declared after tornado hits Gaylord Michigan

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency for Otsego County after a tornado ripped through Gaylord.

It was just before 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20, that the tornado touched down, injuring dozens and killing at least two people.

Approximately 6,500 homes were without power as of Saturday morning as cleanup efforts continued.

The National Weather Service classified the twister as an EF-3 with wind speeds up to 150 miles per hour, at time. The tornado that was on the ground for nearly 30 minutes.

The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what they had already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.

Network Indiana contributed to this story.

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