Power restored as repairs, cleanup continue after tornadoes

Northern Hills homeowner says she hid in pantry

SAN ANTONIO – Days after several tornadoes hit San Antonio, people are still dealing with the aftermath. CPS Energy worked tirelessly to restore power to all its customers and city crews are out and about picking up debris.

Our crews went out to a Northeast Side neighborhood hit that was hardest by an EF-1 twister,

Michael Reinartz plays golf every morning, and Wednesday morning was no exception, but there is one big change -- the scenery.

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"(It's) just unbelievable. I've seen tornadoes even in southern Minnesota, but nothing like this where it hit like that -- that hard and all in a certain area,” said Reinartz, who lives along the Northern Hills Golf Course.

The tornado that blew through a row of homes in the 4900 block of Putting Green was a category EF-1 with winds topping out at 110 mph.

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"I knew it was close, but I didn’t realize this until I got up the next day and came over. I know a lot of the people that live out here and I play with them. It’s unbelievable the damage it did," Reinartz said.

A nearby transmission tower bent in half. CPS Energy took it down piece by piece and put up temporary wooden poles in its place. But that doesn’t come close to some of the horror stories Reinartz’s neighbors shared with him.

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"I stopped by yesterday to see how they were and they had one of the big limbs fall through their bedroom as they were lying in bed that night. I mean the hole is probably 10-by-15, the hole came right over their bedroom,” he said.

KSAT12 News also spoke to a woman who lives in a home heavily damaged by the tornado. Her home lost its entire rooftop. She told us that when the tornado hit, she was hiding inside her pantry.

The city shut off power to her home on Wednesday after deeming it unsafe. Despite the damage, she said she is glad no one was hurt.

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