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Tornado touches down in Gull Lake area

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Friday, September 1, a tornado touched down in the Gull Lake area leaving mangled trees and downed power lines in its wake. Considered a weak tornado by the National Weather Service, winds only got between 65 to 85 mph.

Senior Nate Alpers was working at Ross Township Park when he received the amber alert for the tornado warning.

“Luckily,” Alpers said. “There is a brick building for the bathrooms so I felt relatively safe there.”

Sophomore Lija Krasts was unfortunate enough to be on the roads during the storm and didn’t realize our area was under a tornado warning until receiving call from her mother. Krasts and many others lost power as a result the storm.

Freshman Lauren Adams was able to capture a video of the tornado touching down and sucking up water over Little Long Lake (as seen below).

“I was yelling and screaming when I saw the tornado, unlike the rest of my family, who were all really calm,” Adams said.

While the tornado only last a total of two minutes, it has created a lasting impact.

“After the tornado had dissipated, I watched the cloud that had been a tornado sail right over me, which was a bit unnerving,” Alpers said. “It’s funny how people, when their plans interrupted, deal with it and the forget about the interruption, even if that interruption is something as severe as a tornado.”

Alpers said as he recalled seeing people sailing on Gull Lake right after the storm.

Lainie Scott

This is my senior year at Gull Lake High school, and my second year apart of The Reflection staff.  This year I am the feature/entertainment editor, and I am looking forward to see where my writing can take me.


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