VIDEO: Small, brief tornado caught on camera near downtown San Antonio

Minor damage is being reported

As storms with heavy rainfall moved through San Antonio on Thursday morning, a brief tornado was caught on camera near Interstate 35 and Highway 281. It caused morning commuters to come to a full stop along the busy interstate.

A KSAT employee and KSAT Connect users reported seeing the tornado, but thankfully only minor damage is being reported. The radar showed a brief spin-up in the area.

A post sent out on X -- formerly known as Twitter -- from Joint Base San Antonio confirmed a brief, weak tornado touched down on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. No injuries are reported in that area, but some minor damage to trees and vehicles have been observed.

While the tornado threat remains low, the KSAT weather team will continue to monitor the radar as the activity shifts east through the remainder of the day. In addition, pockets of heavy rain continue to move through San Antonio, causing some minor flooding.

Here are some videos of Thursday’s storms posted on KSAT Connect:


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Dt San Antonio

San Antonio

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San Antonio

Looks like maybe a tornado today Oct 26th, 2023 8:04am Central

San Antonio

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San Antonio

About the Author

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.

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