Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tornado Touches Down Near San Antonio, Causing Damage And Injuries

(CNN) -- A suspected tornado touched down in south-central Texas on Monday, the National Weather Service said, as a slow-moving line of storms brought high winds, heavy rains and large hail as it swept eastward.

The Medina County, Texas, Sheriff's Office "received over 300 calls indicating there is damage or injuries" due to the storm, said a woman from the sheriff's office who identified herself only as Heather.

This came after one twister landed around 8 p.m. Monday near Natalia, a town of about 1,400 residents that is in the county.

"It struck us pretty hard," she said from the county, which is about 30 miles west of San Antonio. "At this point, we have unknown (amount) of injuries, but we have a lot of damage."

Charlie's Ice House, a bar in Devine, was in shambles after potent winds barreled through, ripping off its roof.

"It happened so fast and everyone was getting away from the doors ... and then it was over," said co-owner Marilyn Banks, adding that none of the 20 to 25 people inside suffered much more than a few scratches. Read More