NWS: Confirmed tornado caused damage in rural North Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A tornado is to blame for damage in parts of rural North Texas, the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday.

A weather service survey team ex amined damage caused by the storm late Wednesday night south of Graham, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Fort Worth. Team members concluded the damage caused was consistent with a tornado with winds of 105 to 110 mph (170 to 177 kph).

The EF-1 tornado moved northeastward toward Lake Bridgeport and on to the town of Alvord. The storm tore metal siding from industrial buildings, downed utility lines and caused widespread tree damage.

To the west, in the Abilene area, the weather service confirmed at least 2 tornadoes, both rated at least EF2 with winds of 111 to 135 mph (179 to 217 kph).

The first was south of Merkel, 16 miles (25 kilometers) west of Abilene. where there was extensive tree damage and damage to several wind turbines. It moved on to Tye, where a small home was destroyed.

A second tornado was confirmed near Hamby, nine miles (14.5 kilometers) northeast of Abilene, where cars and trucks were tossed around the parking lot at the Robertson Unit and Middleton Unit state prisons.