The first tornado was classified as an EF1, meaning it was 100 yards in width and had estimated winds of 110 miles per hour, according to the release. The storm traveled from the vicinity of Sam’s Club to southwest of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The second tornado was also an EF1 with winds of 100 mph and touched down at Grapevine Mills, the release stated.
“We are incredibly thankful for the fact that we had only five minor injuries, no loss of life and a community that came together swiftly,” Mayor William D. Tate said in the release.
As of 11:38 a.m., Grapevine has identified about 45 structures that were impacted by the storms, according to the city’s storm damage update website. Public safety crews will continue to assess damage via air and through neighborhoods to identify anyone who may need assistance.
According to Grapevine, businesses damaged include:
- Sam’s Club
- Walmart Supercenter
- Discount Tire
- Mustang Elite Car Wash
- Carwash at Northwest Highway/Dove Road
- Family Tire & Auto
- Waffle Way
- City of Grapevine Service Center
- Grapevine Mills
- Christian Brothers Automotive
- Extra Space Storage
- Grapevine Middle School
Road closures will be necessary intermittently while repairs are being conducted on Dove Loop from Shady Brook Drive to Main Street, the website stated.
According to the NWS of Fort Worth office, 14 tornadoes were confirmed in counties across North Texas counties, including Denton, Collin, Dallas and Tarrant. Parker County would be assessed Dec. 15.
The Grapevine website will continue to provide storm and recovery updates. Anyone who has storm damage to their home or business is urged to file a report with the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool.