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05/07/03 - Tonight on 7

Tornado Rips Across Northern East Texas

We have Channel 7 News crews covering the damage from overnight storms in Wood, Upshur, and Marion Counties. Look for complete coverage on newscasts at 5, 6, and 10pm.

The tornado destroyed at least three homes in a rural area about 15 miles northeast of Mineola just before Midnight. The number of reported injuries from all areas may be as high as 12.  Michael brock of the Texas Division of Emergency Management says the worst injury was a broken leg. Brock says the destroyed homes involved both mobile homes and regular structures.

The suspected track of the tornado or tornadoes started near Mineola, moving across Northern Upshur County north of Gilmer, to Ore City, to near Jefferson.  Baseball-sized hail shattered vehicle windows in Jefferson.

Many other structures sustained varying degrees of damage.

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