Confirmed tornado near Canyon Lake very early Tuesday morning

The EF1 tornado lasted for two minutes on the west side of Canyon Lake close to 1 AM Tuesday

Severe storms raced across South Texas and the Hill Country early Tuesday, dropping a round of rainfall, hail, and powerful winds.
Severe storms raced across South Texas and the Hill Country early Tuesday, dropping a round of rainfall, hail, and powerful winds.

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.

Radar image from 1:12am around Canyon Lake showing rotation over the lake. A Tornado Warning had been issued for the area.

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.”

A wider view of the track of the EF-1 tornado on the west side of Canyon Lake (Copyright KSAT 2021 - All rights reserved)
A close-up view of the track of the EF-1 tornado on the west side of Canyon Lake (Copyright KSAT 2021 - All rights reserved)

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.

Hail up to the size of golf balls was reported near Boerne (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

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.


About the Authors:

Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT long before she began to think about a career in television.