EF-1 tornado ‘a living nightmare’ says Bexar County homeowner

16 structures found damaged in North, NW Bexar County, including Wildhorse subdivision

16 structures found damaged in North, NW Bexar County, including Wildhorse subdivision

SAN ANTONIO – What began as a tornado warning on their cellphones quickly spiraled into frantic preparations by homeowners like Kenneth Perez and Gerard Petereit who live in the Wildhorse subdivision in northwest Bexar County.

They walked our KSAT photographers through their damaged homes Monday. Watch their extended interviews in the video below, created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app, available on Roku, Apple TV, Fire stick and select smart TVs.

16 structures were damaged when an EF-1 tornado hit the Northwest Side subdivision called 'Wildhorse'. Three of those homeowners detailed their terrifying experience and walked KSAT through their damaged homes.

Perez said the small guest bathroom downstairs became “a living nightmare” for he, his wife, their two children and the family dog.

"It was really emotional because you just didn't know what would happen," Perez said.

Petereit, who said he’s experienced two tornados in his life prior to this one, was correct.

The damage to his home was caused by an EF-1 tornado now confirmed by the National Weather Service.

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Petereit said the swirling debris that was pelting his home “sounded like you were in a dumpster or trash can with debris hitting it all the time.”

Earlier, after hearing the tornado warning on KSAT 12, Petereit said he now regrets stepping out on the deck to see for himself.

Petereit said that's when they heard it coming.

"It literally sounds like you're standing next to a train," he said.

Both homeowners also said they felt the change in pressure that blew out windows.

Their homes that sustained heavy roof and water damage are among 16 structures that were impacted by the small, but powerful tornado, according to Bexar County spokeswoman Monica Ramos.

Ramos said its emergency management teams that surveyed unincorporated areas in north and northwestern Bexar County also found mostly fallen trees and downed fences, along with roof damage.

She said there were no injuries reported.

About the Authors:

Jessie Degollado has been with KSAT since 1984. She is a general assignments reporter who covers a wide variety of stories. Raised in Laredo and as an anchor/reporter at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley, Jessie is especially familiar with border and immigration issues. In 2007, Jessie also was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.

Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.