Twister causes damage in Texas

April 26, 2008 6:20:57 AM PDT
The National Weather Service now confirms that five tornadoes struck West and North Texas on Wednesday. Meteorologists determined yesterday that a tornado packing winds of up to 115 miles per hour destroyed homes and knocked down trees in the Fort Worth suburb of Crowley Wednesday night. They say it left a path of damage and debris about 3-10ths of a mile long and 100 yards wide.

They say a weak tornado touched down in Erath and Palo Pinto counties, while strong winds caused damage in Hood, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

The weather service says most of the damage in the West Texas town of Snyder came from straightline winds, but a tornado apparently also touched down briefly. They also say two tornadoes touched down in open country in southern Dawson County, between Patricia and Ackerly.

The storm system that created the tornado also produced strong winds that caused damage in Hood, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

More thunderstorms, with some possibly severe, are in the forecast for this afternoon and tonight for middle third of the state.

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