DETROIT, JUNE 21 -- A tornado struck a mobile home park in the suburb of Novi today, damaging up to 55 homes and leaving one man dead and six people injured, two of them critically, authorities said.

The tornado touched down at 4:05 p.m. at Chateau Estates mobile home park, said Oakland County sheriff's Sgt. Doug Molinar.

Clothing, lawn mowers, awnings, gutters and other debris were scattered around the park. Heavy rains left the park's basketball court under three feet of water.

Six people were reported hurt, said National Weather Service forecaster Dick Wagenmaker in Ann Arbor. Four people were hospitalized, said Novi police Sgt. John Johnson.

The identity of the dead man was not immediately disclosed.

Deputies and other law officers combed the rubble and believe all residents are accounted for, Sheriff John Nichols said.

Up to 35 homes were severely damaged, some of them overturned, while 15 or 20 others suffered less severe damage, Nichols said. The park has 725 homes, park administrator Robert Steiner said.

"It has been confirmed as a tornado," said National Weather Service forecaster Chuck Defever in Ann Arbor.

Resident Leroy Harrison said he was looking out his window when the tornado passed by.

"It went pretty much down the center of the mobile home park," he told radio station WWJ.

"I did see the tornado go through. I saw skirting {from the homes}, insulation, pieces of mobile homes flying around in a circular pattern."

Residents of the trailer park were trying to shelter the displaced in the park's clubhouse. A temporary shelter had been established in an area church, United Press International reported.

The tornado caused natural gas leaks in the area. Utility crews were called to shut off electricity to avoid sparking an explosion, said Detroit Edison Co. spokesman Marty Buffalini. Buffalini said he did not know how many customers were affected.