UPDATE: Mayor issues declaration of disaster after 4 tornadoes hit San Antonio area
6 p.m. UPDATE: Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a declaration of disaster after four tornadoes touched down in the San Antonio area on Sunday.
“I spent several hours today surveying the damage in different neighborhoods near the Quarry and was amazed to see roofs ripped off homes only to be found mangled in branches several doors down and 50-year old trees uprooted and toppled on tops of cars,” Mayor Taylor said. “Based on what I saw, I’ve issued a declaration of disaster as a first step in potentially securing state and federal resources.”
4:30 p.m. UPDATE: The American Red Cross volunteers will drive through neighborhoods affected by recent storms and deliver food and supplies to residents.
The National Weather Service San antonio has confirmed two more tornadoes in Williamson County near Thrall - northeast of Austin. Both are preliminary ratings of EF2
3 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service San Antonio confirmed a fourth tornado near Garden Ridge.
The tornado was an EF-0 with 85 mph winds and a path of only 0.70 miles and hit just east of Schoenthal Rd.
2:31 p.m. UPDATE: Approximately two inches of rain was recorded at the San Antonio International Airport between the hours of 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 and 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 as severe thunderstorms moved throughout San Antonio, according to City of San Antonio Emergency Operations Center.
The Transportation & Capital Improvements Department (TCI) and Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) began street-clearing activities around 3 a.m. These crews, with the assistance of Parks & Recreation Department forestry crews, are removing debris from major streets and front yards of residential properties to provide safe access. Residents are invited to add to debris piles along the edge of the roadway within the affected areas through Friday, March 3 and City crews will return to remove debris throughout the week. Additionally, the Bitters Brush Recycling Center, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, will be open at no charge to affected residents. Residents can dial 3-1-1 to report weather-related concerns and other non-emergency service requests.
City damage assessment teams will continue to identify damaged structures and coordinate with the Department of Human Services as needed. The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Blessed Sacrament School.
There are more than 30 street closures in the area. An updated list of street closures around San Antonio is available at www.sanantonio.gov. Visit DriveTexas.org for an up-to-date list of highway closures from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The San Antonio Fire Department reminds San Antonio residents and visitors to "Turn Around, Don't Drown.” A vehicle may stall out in just a few inches of water and a foot or two of water is enough to float a 3,000-pound car. Driving around a barricade when there is water on the road carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 and 180 days in jail, and if a rescue is required, everyone in the vehicle may be charged a fee of $640.
2:28 p.m. UPDATE: Zack Hedrick from an area of storm damage on the Northeast part of town…
2 p.m. UPDATE: (AP) - San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward says 43 homes were damaged 5 miles north of downtown, including three that collapsed, along with eight apartment buildings. He says five minor injuries were reported.
The weather service confirmed a third, weaker tornado about 10 miles northeast of downtown in Bexar County. County spokeswoman Monica Ramos says 30 to 40 homes were damaged in two adjoining subdivisions in the area.
At least three tornadoes have hit parts of San Antonio and its suburbs, damaging dozens of homes but causing no major injuries.
Woodward says more than 100 structures citywide were damaged.
11:31 a.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed a second tornado. A weak EF-0 with winds up to 70mph. 1.6 miles in path length between Windrest and Converse, east of I-35.
10:55 a.m. UPDATE: Post storm advice from the Better Business Bureau...
In the wake of a storm, dishonest roofing repair businesses will solicit work, often going door-to-door in unmarked trucks. They may require advance payment or make big promises they won't deliver on.
A common sales tactic is to tell the homeowner that their roof is severely damaged from the storm, but that their insurance company will likely cover the cost. The homeowner is then required to sign a contract and make an advance payment. In many of these cases, BBB hears that the job is never completed and the insurance company does not cover the cost.
• Do your homework. Check with BBB before choosing a roofing contractor. Get referrals, compare several price quotes, and always confirm the contact information of the contractor you choose. Beware of red flags, including high pressure sales tactics, full upfront payment or low estimates that may potentially balloon over time. If possible, ask for references and check them - try to talk to previous customers.
• Work closely with your insurance company on repairs. Make sure you understand how your homeowner's insurance company will reimburse your repair costs. Before spending money, call your insurance company first to make sure all necessary procedures are followed according to your policy. If you do not follow your insurance company's guidelines, you may be stuck with the entire bill.
• Ask about warranties. Warranties and workmanship are only as good as the company that stands behind them. Trustworthy businesses will offer information about how they plan to handle any repairs covered under their warranty, particularly if they are coming in from another area.
• Get everything in writing. Make sure all work is explained in the contract, including cleanup, waste disposal and start and completion dates. Any verbal agreements that were made should be included in the contract. Pay close attention to the payment terms, estimated price of materials, labor and any guarantees. You should also get a copy of the contractor's insurance. Any changes to your contract should be done in the form of a change order. Be sure the contract includes a physical address and phone number of the contractor.
8:35 a.m. UPDATE: The San Antonio Fire Department released preliminary numbers on the types of incidents that were handled by the department between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
- Brush/Grass -1
- Electrical -5
- Fire Alarm -53
- High Water Investigation -7
- MVC/High -20
- Power Line -29
- Rollover -6
- Smoke Investigation -1
- Structure – 3
- Structure Collapse -4
- Technical Water Rescue -0
- Transformer -12
- Vehicle Fire -0
- Water rescue -13
In addition, two fire stations, 11 and 40, sustained some damage as a result of the storms.
8 a.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit the Quarry/Linda Drive area around Highway 281 overnight. No category for the tornado was provided, but we expect that information soon.
7 a.m. UPDATE: Bexar County reports total number of homes damaged has risen to 30. County officials say they expect number to go up.
6 a.m. UPDATE: CPS Energy reports about 24,000 customers without power.
4:30 a.m. UPDATE: More than 30 streets are closed due to flooding around San Antonio. Another 40 are closed in unincorporated areas of Bexar County. Turn Around, Don't Drown.
3:45 a.m. UPDATE: Bexar County leaders reported extensive damage in the neighborhoods of The Glen and Camelot in Northeast Bexar County.
A county spokesperson said two nursing homes were working on auxiliary power, 15 homes were damaged and no reports of injuries. Five area fire departments were working to help the affected residents.
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Fire Department confirmed more than 100 reports of damaged homes following severe storms that rolled through the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Extensive damage was also reported along the Nacogdoches Road corridor, running from Alamo Heights all the way north to Loop 1604. A spokesperson for SAFD said there were less than five reports of minor injuries.
At 3:30 a.m., more than 37,000 CPS Energy customers were without power. The largest power outage was concentrated in the 78209 zip code with about 5,000 people without power.