Tornado Causes Damage in Grapeland Monday

Grapeland, Texas (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms spawned a weak tornado that tore through the heart of the East Texas town of Grapeland on Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that roared through town around 5pm Monday appeared to have been of F1 strength.

No injuries were reported, but the twister left a damage path six miles long and one-half mile wide from southwest to northeast across the small town of about 1500 residents.

Houston County officials say ten homes and six downtown businesses were damaged. They say homes suffered mainly patio, roof and chimney damage, while the businesses suffered roof damage. Windows were blown out of the south side of the city library, and numerous trees and power lines were downed.

Grapeland is about 45 miles west of Lufkin.

A rash of tornadoes were also reported Monday in West Texas within an area bounded by Big Spring, Lamesa and Snyder. No injuries or severe damage were reported.