EF3 Tornado Devastates Gaylord, Killing Two and Injuring 44

Photo: Erin Lawson

GAYLORD, MICHIGAN, May 23, 2022 ~ Cleanup efforts continue in Gaylord, after an EF3 tornado battered the northern-Michigan town on Friday, with winds reaching nearly 150 miles per hour.

Sometimes the worst situations bring out the best in people, and the way that our community has rallied around this tragedy has really been miraculous,” said Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau Executive Director Paul Beachnau¬†to 760 WJR‘s Paul W. Smith.

Gaylord rarely sees tornadoes or other severe weather, and has no tornado siren system in place.

According to reports, two people were killed, 44 were injured, and nearly 25,000 were left without power.

Listen below as Executive Director Beachnau talks to Paul W. about the effects of the disaster, and what is being done to rebuild the community in the wake of the storm.

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May 23, 2022 ~ Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau Executive Director Paul Beachnau talks to Paul W. about the F3 tornado that clobbered the Gaylord area with 150 mile per hour winds.

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