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Confirmed EF-1 Tornado Rips Through Wise County Wednesday Night

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A tornado ripped the walls off buildings and sent tree branches flying in Wise County Wednesday night, The National Weather Service confirmed.

A team of storm spotters concluded the damage caused was consistent with an EF-1 tornado with winds of 105 to 110 mph.

Powerful winds ripped the walls off buildings and sent tree branches flying in Wise County in a storm that produced several reports of tornadoes Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Storm spotters reported a tornado tore through a rural area just south of Graham, about 80 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The storm moved northeastward toward Lake Bridgeport and on to the town of Alvord, about 50 miles north of Fort Worth.

The damage was seen along U.S. 287 in Alvord after the storm hit before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Video from the 600 block of East Franklin Street showed a wall of metal siding ripped off one business. Several wooden sheds at a store nearby were moved or destroyed.

Vehicles in an RV park appeared to have been moved from their concrete pads, but none appeared to have significant damage.

There have so far been no reports of injuries.

An NBC 5 viewer near Lake Bridgeport captured an image of what appears to be a tornado moving over the lake. NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston says it was produced in the same storm that caused damage in Alvord.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Samantha Davies said reports of tornadoes were also received in Jack County overnight.

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 

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