A tornado quickly moved through the town of Gaylord in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan Friday afternoon, leaving one person dead and 43 injured, officials said.

Lt. Jim Gorno of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources described the scene in the area as being “catastrophic,” with cars flipped over and structures destroyed. Munson Healthcare spokesperson Brian Lawson told CNN that 23 injured patients were taken to Otsego Memorial Hospital and 12 to Grayling Hospital.


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Eight people were treated at other hospitals outside Munson system, he said. The city is under a curfew, officials said. “It is a busy downtown area, and it went right through it,” Gorno told CNN. “We aren’t used to it up here,” he said. “We don’t have sirens like in other parts of the country.”

The tornado was confirmed to be moving through the town Friday afternoon at about 3:40 p.m. EDT and traveled for approximately 15 minutes. At least one large building collapsed while several cars were flipped and damaged.

An RV and mobile trailer park were also heavily damaged. More than 25,000 customers across northern Lower Michigan were without power by early Friday evening, but recovery is ongoing. Gaylord is located in Otsego County and is home to about 4,000 residents.

Ricky Scaparo is the pastor and founder of the international ministry End Time Headlines. A ministry that provides resources to equip believers and to inform the discerning of the signs and seasons in which we live. His mission is to inform his readers and viewers of prophetic events and how they are unfolding before our very eyes through news and headlines presented from a prophetic perspective in light of the Holy Bible.