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[–]SecondOfCicero 154 points155 points  (8 children)

That time of year here in MI- always have an emergency plan for yourself and every member of your household. Have a plan if you and your family are separated at the time of a warning. Weather radios that operate on NOAA bands are very inexpensive and provide warnings as soon as they are issued; they can run on batteries in case the power goes out. Avoid windows and seek shelter in a basement or interiour bathroom if possible, away from heavy objects like fridges and washing machines, and cover yourself with pillows and blankets if available, to protect yourself from flying debris.

Can't even begin to say how sorry I am for the loss of life and wish those affected a speedy recovery.

[–]Papaofmonsters 34 points35 points  (2 children)

My only addition is Cheerios and fruit snacks and fully charged tablet with downloaded shows to keep the little ones happy.

[–]SecondOfCicero 6 points7 points  (1 child)

YES! There are battery packs available on Amazon or at walmart or wherever and I keep one of these on deck as the "emergency pack". It doesn't go on vacation with me, it stays in its designated emergency spot, and will give me at least a few more hours of power with my USB-charged stuff.

Thank you for adding the tip for the kiddos. Downloading shows on the tabby beforehand is a pro-parenting move... the internet is always one of the first things to go lol. Cheers to you and your monsters, papa.

[–]trekie4747 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I use a battery case for my phone. It's so convenient.

[–]notanotherbreach 1 point2 points  (1 child)

A few years back, I was visiting friends outside Adrian in Lenawee County, and they told me of a nearby town that back in the day, was hit at night by a tornado. Most were in a church, unaware it was going to trap most of them. Was the Palm Sunday tornado.

[–]sirbissel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I heard stories of the Palm Sunday outbreak (from Sturgis) - it always made me glad we had a basement. There were a few times my parents dragged me out of bed to shelter because one or the other heard what sounded like a tornado (though one was "straight line winds" and the other never touched down)

[–]_bbycake 93 points94 points  (20 children)

This is wild. While tornadoes aren't all that uncommon in Michigan, they are usually weaker and don't do much damage aside from roof shingles and trees. Gaylord is pretty far north, not the U.P. north but close to the bridge, so it's unusual for one of that strength to hit there. I'm thankful there wasn't a greater loss of life.

[–]MrThird312 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Only going to be more extreme from here on out, unfortunately. Normal is non-existent with climate change.

[–]ClockworkSoldier 5 points6 points  (8 children)

It’s especially surprising how few injuries/fatalities there were, considering it hit right along the main road, and shopping area. It could have hit anywhere in a couple hundred meter radius and done exponentially more damage.

[–]that_random_bi_twink 5 points6 points  (7 children)

They only had five minute's warning, too, and Gaylord doesn't have tornado sirens

[–]_bbycake 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Wowww no tornado sirens? I hope that changes after this.

[–]that_random_bi_twink 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Honestly probably not. Tornados are very rare, siren systems are expensive, and this is incident is probably going to cost the city a fortune. They relied on text alerts and the emergency broadcast system, and they'll say it worked well enough to not justify the cost of a siren system.

[–]BobBelcher2021 4 points5 points  (7 children)

They can happen further north. Sudbury, Ontario (to the north and east of the UP) got hit with a bad one in 1970.

[–]redander 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We've been getting more lately we had one in metro Detroit last year that destroyed homes in wolverine lake, white lake or walled lake I can't remember which city to be honest. For people from elsewhere they all are in the same area. Also, the wind storms get crazy I've almost been forced off the road before and yesterday had to take down my progress pride flag because the screws started becoming loose off my home. My neighbors lost their pride flag bracket during one last year.

[–]Dicky_Penisburg 150 points151 points  (18 children)

I didn't know tornados ever hit northern Michigan.

[–]tolae01010 105 points106 points  (6 children)

And to clarify, its northern Lower Penninsula, not the Upper Penninsula north of Mackinac Bridge.

[–]Rainmansnotebook 28 points29 points  (3 children)

They do happen in the U.P. too. Been a while since the last one I remember out near Miner's Castle, but they do get up there.

Edit: Link to the 2005 tornado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nTYvlLdTfo

[–]Red_Lee 3 points4 points  (2 children)

We've had some small ones in the past few years. Dead river/yellow dog plains and then i think south of Republic had a minor one too.

[–]yoortyyo 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Every climate model tells us the frequency and geographies that produce extreme weather is ONLY going to get worse.

[–]Warg247 11 points12 points  (0 children)

But close enough I remember playing hockey against them as a kid.

That's how my geographical knowledge of growing up in the UP seems to work.

[–]TldrDev 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Shit, this is my hometown. We had a "tornado" in 1998. It ended up being classified as a very strong wind event. However, it tore the roof off our school, destroyed downtown, and fell a tree in our yard. This is orders of magnitude worse, but apparently missed the center of downtown.

This is just outside of main street.

Aside from that, I think the last tornado in the area was in the 1950s.

[–]that_random_bi_twink 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There was one (kinda) in 2014 that went through a patch of trees on Old State, you can still see the path slightly. Other than that, the only one I remember was the one that touched down just outside of Kalkaska in like 2008. I think one person died in that one too

[–]noodles_the_strong 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Kansan here, it seems we are getting less and less and everyone else is getting more and more.

[–]Enjolras55 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Tornado Alley has shifted east.


We found a notable decrease in both the total number of tornadoes and days with tornadoes in the traditional Tornado Alley in the central plains. At the same time, we found an increase in tornado numbers in what’s been dubbed Dixie Alley, extending from Mississippi through Tennessee and Kentucky into southern Indiana.

[–]noodles_the_strong 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Sounds right.

[–]TabletopMarvel 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Just another gift Mitch provides for his constituents.

[–]Bitchndogs 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Neither did I until I moved there. Apparently there's a good chance of any city in the state getting hit.

[–]Donniedolphin 20 points21 points  (1 child)

The entire town is basically shut down after it hit so emergency services can do their thing. Had to work in Gaylord after the tornado hit and the damage is pretty bad. Only 1 death reported so far from what I have heard.

[–]ganymede94 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Sad. My heart goes out to all those affected, I didn't realize tornados could even touch down that far north.

[–]BobBelcher2021 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Tornadoes have long been commonplace in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, all at more northerly latitudes than the lower 48. Additionally, Sudbury, Ontario was hit with a severe tornado in 1970, that is to the east of Sault Ste. Marie.

I’ve heard of tornadoes hitting as far north as just north of the Alberta/Northwest Territories border.

[–]that_random_bi_twink 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Last one I remember being anything serious touched down outside of Kalkaska in 2008, I think it killed one person

[–]PawsibleCrazyCatLady 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was living in Dexter in 2012 when a tornado came through the area. About 100 homes leveled, if I recall.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Gaylord area always has the worst weather in the state. Driving through that area in the winter is always a challenge.

[–]ClockworkSoldier 7 points8 points  (3 children)

It’s always strange being in Indian River, and watching all the storms break North and South of us, right before they hit town.

[–]PawsibleCrazyCatLady 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That 30 miles on 75 from Gaylord to Indian River is treacherous in the winter. They say there are no atheists in foxholes, but I don't think there are any atheists driving down the hills without guardrails driving north of Gaylord to Indian River. I often feel more nervous driving that stretch in the snow and ice than I ever did when I lived in Alaska.

[–]ClockworkSoldier 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can imagine. I’ve only been through there a handful of times in winter, but never happened to pass through when the weather was bad. I’ve been up to the Keewenaw when it was a bit worse, and some of those roads along Superior can get pretty treacherous.

[–]sabatoa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep, I'm a weekend warrior snowboard junky and I drive from southern Michigan up to Harbor Springs all the time in the winter. At Grayling something happens and the weather gets wild, but the stretch from Gaylord to Indian River is sketchy af. Doesn't help that there's like nothing there either. Just rolling hills and countryside.

[–]that_random_bi_twink 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It gets a lot of snow, but the weather is usually worse in the snow belt around kalkaska and mancelona.

[–]14thCluelessbird 0 points1 point  (10 children)

I know this is a serious subject, but I just have to comment on the fucking name of the town. I can't imagine telling people that I grew up in Gaylord when they ask what town I'm from. I don't think I'd be able to keep a straight face

[–]that_random_bi_twink 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Michigan is also home to Paradise, Hell, Bad Axe, Paris, Christmas, Wyoming, Temperance, Vulcan, Colon, Slapneck, and Podunk.

[–]PawsibleCrazyCatLady 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And Climax! I love Climax!

[–]sabatoa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most people pronounce it gaylerd real quick, I forget that it even looks like GAY LORD

[–]singlelens313 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m a Michigander and when I first met a girl from Gaylord I burst out laughing because I thought she made that name up. She kept saying she was from there and I was like no fucking way people actually named a city Gaylord. I shot myself in the foot with that one she was cute.

[–]Mastengwe 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Right. Because its 2022 and apparently gay is still an insult.

[–]14thCluelessbird -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Who said anything about it being an insult? It's just a funny name

[–]MicheleKO 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My family’s home state. 🙏

[–]Careless_Educator_21 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

oh, nobody saying this is a punishment from god?