NWS Confirms Tornado Touched Down Sunday In San Antonio | Texas Public Radio

NWS Confirms Tornado Touched Down Sunday In San Antonio

May 25, 2020

This post was updated on Monday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m.

A line of severe thunderstorms pushed across South Central Texas Sunday night, spawning high winds, flash flooding and hail. Now, the National Weather Service is able to confirm a tornado touched down at some point in the night.

“We're still looking at data, but what we've found so far is one tornado track with damage on Palomino Path,” said Eric Platt, a meterologist with the NWS. “This was in the western and northwestern part of (Bexar) County. It's going to be rated as an EF1 with max winds of 100 miles an hour.”

Earlier, the NWS reported radar indicated a rotation in the line of thunderstorms as it moved from north of Castroville to Shavano Park. The radar also indicated rotation in a storm in the Pearsall area.
 
In a press release sent on Monday afternoon, CPS Energy officials said more than 63,000 customers were impacted by Sunday's storm.

CPS employees have been working through Memorial Day to fix the outages. As of 1:30 p.m., there are 91 outages affecting 445 customers.

Keith White,  also with the NWS, said some gauge reports saw more than 2.5 inches of rain in the greater San Antonio area.

The main event is expected to move in overnight along a cold front. White says the storm on Monday night might be similar to what happened Sunday with winds and flooding — but hail shouldn’t be ruled out either.

Power Outages

Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and flash flood watches and warnings were posted for some areas of the region after a previous rain on Saturday night had already left the ground saturated.

Bexar County Emergency Management also reported several high water rescues in Olmos Park.

Road Closures

Flash flood warnings were placed in effect for Real, Uvalde, Bandera and Medina Counties to the west of San Antonio after rain up to three inches fell on some spots.

High water was reported in parts of downtown and the South Side, including at I-35 at Lexington and Main, and at I-10 at Cincinatti. There was also a call for a high water rescue near Sea World.

Hail the size of ping pong balls and 60-mile an hour winds were reported around Carrizo Springs in Dimmit County. Half dollar-sized hail was also reported northwest of Dilley in Frio County.

Flash flooding caused road closures across the city. A roof was blow off a structure east of Scenic Oaks. A home on Palamino Path in Helotes lost much of its roof and had a fence post stuck in a wall. Blown off shingles were reported in Hollywood Park.

Downed tree limbs were reported in Helotes and north San Antonio. 70-mile-an-hour winds were clocked at the Honda Airport and half-dollar sized hail was reported at Garner State Park in Uvalde County.