SAN ANTONIO – Severe storms raced across South Texas and the Hill Country early Tuesday, dropping a round of rainfall, hail, and powerful winds.
While San Antonio escaped relatively unscathed, areas to the north of town were not so lucky.
A tornado warning was issued around 1 a.m. Tuesday for a cell showing rotation near Canyon Lake. Damage has been reported around the lake, including part of a roof being torn off, downed power lines and sporadic tree damage.
The National Weather Service conducted a survey in the area on Tuesday and confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with maximum wind gusts of 100 mph lasted from 1:04 AM to 1:06 AM Tuesday morning. The track of the tornado was 0.40 miles long.
The damage assessment revealed that “two power poles were snapped and approximately 1/4 of a family home was torn off,” according to the National Weather Service’s statement. It continues, “damage was near Canyon Lake boat ramp #6 on the south central side of the lake along and near Canyon Lake Drive and Rimrock Pass.”
KSAT also received several reports of large hail, up to the size of golf balls, around Boerne. Some damage to cars and roofs was reported.
In addition, major damage to structures occurred in the town of Bertram, just west of Austin. The National Weather Service in New Braunfels determined that collapsed walls in the downtown area were caused by straight line winds or a microburst.