June 24, 2024


Swing Your Home

Tornado left Gaylord mobile home park residents climbing from rubble


GAYLORD — A paralyzing injury, houses torn apart and then chaos as people climbed out from rubble — tales of terror in Gaylord poured out Sunday as loved ones and residents of the Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park trickled back to their devastated community where two people were killed in a tornado Friday. 

The EF-3 tornado, which ripped through with winds at 150 mph, left shredded houses and shattered glass where safe havens, resting places, and family bases once stood in the mobile home park, by the description of Joe and William Harding. The pair had stopped by the mobile home park Sunday afternoon when residents were allowed back in.

Their uncle is now paralyzed from the waist down, they said. It was his home they were visiting to pick up some items, as most of their family is with their uncle downstate at a hospital.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Joe Harding said.

Kara Kent, of Gaylord, cleans a lot Sunday, May 22, 2022 in Gaylord, after a tornado touched down Friday.

Officials reported 44 people were hospitalized in wake of the storm. Michigan State Police Special Lt. Derrick Carroll said Sunday he could not release information on the injuries. The names of those killed had not yet been announced. 

The Hardings’ aunt had been at their grandparent’s home with one of their sons at the time the tornado blasted through and was OK, they added. And the family is receiving community support.


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