Tornadoes strike Mineral Wells; damage reported

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Downtown Mineral Wells was damaged by a tornado that touched down Tuesday (KTRK)

One and perhaps two tornadoes have struck the old North Texas resort town of Mineral Wells, and initial reports indicate widespread damage.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday storm 45 miles west of Fort worth.

Moderate damage was widespread, but emergency officials say the worst damage appeared to be downtown where a metal roof was torn from a county building and hurled against a vacant bank building. Large trees and power lines were strewn across many major streets in the city, making were broken and downed across the city.

Telephone and electric service to the town was spotty.

Another tornado was reported after noon Tuesday in the Brazos Valley city of Giddings. One man suffered minor injuries and outbuildings and some roofs were damaged.
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