Storms leave behind mess on NW side

Trees toppled, house hit by lightning

SAN ANTONIO - Powerful storms moved through the area Monday evening leaving behind some damage on the Northwest side.

The high winds, heavy rains and hail caught many people by surprise and left behind a mess.

The Huebner Oaks shopping center experienced the brunt of the storm as it blew through.

"It was just crazy. Rain was everywhere, the wind was blowing, branches were falling everywhere," said Jason Luis, a shopper who was caught in the storm. "Actually a store clerk had to lock the doors because they were blowing open. So it was definitely an intense weather moment."

It was all over in less than 10 minutes leaving behind a mess of leaves, broken lights and toppled trees in the parking lot.

Several people reported seeing what looked like a funnel cloud.

"The umbrellas were flying around in a circle. It looked like a funnel cloud, we didn't see any funnel cloud, but we kind of moved away from the windows because the weather was pretty intense," said Jim Brodhead who was inside the Starbucks when the storm hit.

When Brodhead went out to his truck he found it buried under some large oak tree limbs. Brodhead said he wasn't too concerned about the damage.

"A little damage on the hood. I'd say funnel cloud one, F150 zero," Brodhead said.
The storm also left a trail of destruction at the Overlook Apartments located off of Woodstone. High winds snapped trees like twigs and peeled back some of the siding and roofing of one building.

Several residents also described seeing what looked like a funnel cloud.

"My brother woke me up and said it must be a tornado coming through and when I looked out the window it was all gray," said resident Ronald Williams.

The wind, rain and hail weren't the only things that caused problems, SAFD Battalion Chief Robert Elizondo said a home in the 10500 block of Lost Bluff was struck by a bolt of lightning.

"There were a couple of people inside. They did feel and hear something strike the house and started to smell some smoke," Elizondo said.

Fire crews responded quickly and managed to keep the fire contained to the attic of the home. Elizondo said the lightning struck the rear corner of the roof and was very powerful.

"It went through the roofing, the shingles and actually hit the wood framing and caught the wood framing on fire and it just took off from there," Elizondo said.

Damage to the home was estimated at $25,000.

Despite all the problems caused by the storm, no injuries were reported.

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