Hail, strong winds cause widespread destruction throughout D’Hanis

Homes, cars left with heavy damage

Hail, strong winds cause widespread destruction throughout D’Hanis

D'HANIS, Texas – Residents in the Medina County community of D’Hanis are recovering from what many of them are convinced was a tornado.

Heavy rain, strong winds and super-sized hail pounded the area late Wednesday night, causing heavy damage to homes and cars.

Ryan Clark and his family took shelter in their bathroom as soon as they noticed the storm rolling in.

“It sounded like someone was just standing on the side of the house, hitting it with a sledgehammer,” Clark said. “Softball-sized hail come through the windows, and ended up all the way down the hallway, through the house.”

The hail left pock marks all over the siding of his home and broke several windows.

(D'Hanis Hail Damage April 2021) (KSAT)

Clark and his wife returned Thursday morning to clean up the mess after spending the rest of the night with relatives.

“It’s bad,” he said. “There’s a lot of glass inside. There’s a lot of water damage on our furniture.”

For Raquel Morin, the bigger concern was for the safety of people, including her family and her neighbors.

“It was something I hope we never have to go through again,” she said through tears. “It’s just overwhelming.”

While Morin’s home also took a beating, she credits their safety to a brand new storm shelter she and her husband had just installed Monday.

(D'Hanis Hail Damage April 2021)

Morin said her friends thought she was crazy.

Thanks to the shelter, though, they were able to open their doors to neighbors.

“I’m thankful that we invested the money for that. I hoped to never use it,” Morin said. “We were just there. We had lamps in there and just, kind of, praying, honestly.”

Now, residents are focused on making repairs and putting the town back together again.

“Everybody’s safe. Nobody got injured. That’s the main thing,” Clark said. “Say your prayers for little old D’Hanis. We need it.”

(DHanis Hail Damage April 2021) (KSAT)
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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.