- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RUNAWAY BAY, Texas (AP) - Tornadoes roared across North Texas, creating widespread damage but leaving no immediate reports of injuries.

What storm spotters reported as at least one tornado inflicted heavy damage late Tuesday night to houses and apartment buildings in the Runaway Bay and Booneville areas, about 50 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

One or perhaps two tornadoes struck the old North Texas resort town of Mineral Wells earlier Tuesday evening 45 miles west of Fort Worth, causing widespread damage. Emergency officials appealed for the public to avoid downtown Mineral Wells to facilitate cleanup work.

Palo Pinto County Emergency Management Director Chad Jordan said moderate damage was widespread in Mineral Wells, with the worst apparently 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.

Another tornado was reported after noon Tuesday in the Brazos Valley city of Giddings. Spencer Schneider, the city’s emergency manager, said a tornado struck part of the city shortly after noon Tuesday, damaging outbuildings and causing some roof damage to a Ramada Inn.

Schneider said debris was blown through a window of one of the hotel’s upper-story rooms, striking a male guest in the head. He was sent to a San Marcos hospital, about 60 miles southwest of Giddings, for treatment of head lacerations. Schneider said the injuries were not life-threatening.



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