June 30, 2022

Hurricane damages homes and businesses in northern Michigan

A hurricane in northern Michigan on Friday injured an undisclosed number of people, damaged several homes and businesses, overturned cars and knocked down trees. Officials said.

Michigan State Police Lieutenant Derrick Carroll said the storm tore through a mobile home park and business area from the town of Kaylard, home to about 4,000 people, and struck electricity. He said there were confirmed injuries, but he did not have a count of how many.

Vic Ouellette, 74, a member of the Gaylord City Council, said in a phone interview that while he was in the basement of the house where he was born, a three-bedroom structure collapsed on him and his wife.

“Because a lemon-sized duck egg hit the roof of my head,” Mr. Ouellette, in a nearby emergency room, was wearing shorts and a T-shirt and was waiting to see him. And a shoe. “I’m lucky to be alive.”

Even if the childhood house is destroyed, Mr. Ouellette said he and his wife would be fine, thanks to the people who helped pull them out of the trash. “We could not have gotten out of there without help,” he said.

A retired police officer, Mr. Ollet and his wife rushed to the basement after receiving a hurricane alert on his phone. There, he peeked out the window and saw the aluminum shattered in the house next door. That’s when the hurricane hit his house, shocking him.

“It’s like being inside an ice globe,” he said. “Dust is flying. The water is flying. You will not see anything. It’s like you’re inside a cloud.

The video was posted on Twitter Showed the path of destruction in a commercial area in Kaylard, about 175 miles north of Lansing.

Andy Sullivan, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s office in Gaylord, said there was “no doubt” that a hurricane had struck, and that it was “very strong.” He said the office has evaluation committees in the community. He also said it was unusual for a hurricane to hit northern Michigan.

He said the hurricane, which struck at 3:45 p.m., had “caused extensive damage” to the business district.

Michigan State Police Said on Twitter Trees and power lines were reported to be blocking roads and damaging “many homes and businesses”.

Lieutenant Carroll said authorities were urging people to stay away and that a large number of ambulance crews from the area responded. He said the whole community, including the mobile home park he described as “very bad,” seems to have been hit.

Michael Ryan, his colleague Mr. A council member who lives across Ollet Street said the hurricane tore singles from its roof and shattered its windows. On Friday evening, he sat in his car next to his neighborhood and inspected the wreckage. He saw the trees being cut in half or torn and the power lines scattered.

“The house next to mine has collapsed,” he said. “Vick’s house is off the foundation. The house next to it still stands, but is gone without a roof.

Mayor Todd Schuard said Friday evening that Gaylord “suffered some injuries,” but he did not know how many, but no casualties were reported. He said some of the injured residents are being sent back to other hospitals nearby as the city has lost power.

“The hurricane stayed on the ground for two miles,” he said. “Through the heart of our city.”

Emergency crews from across northern Michigan are assisting in the rescue and cleanup efforts. Said Shird. He said city officials were working to enforce the curfew because “more and more of us are coming.”

Scott Dessler, senior pastor of E-Free Church in Gaylord, said there was a lot of damage in the western part of the city. “There are balanced areas,” he said. “We know at least two families in our church have lost their homes.”

The e-free church has been operating as a community shelter, and many have taken refuge in the church.

He said he had never seen such a hurricane in 11 years of living in Gaylord.

“This is northern Michigan, and we’m used to snowstorms,” ​​he said. Dissler said. “Not a hurricane.”

In a statement on TwitterGretchen Whitmer said: “For the entire Gallard community – Michigan is with you. We will do whatever it takes to rebuild.

Isabella Grulon Boss Contributed report.