San Antonio storm damages 100 buildings, thousands lose power

By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |   Feb. 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A severe weather system in San Antonio left at least five people with minor injuries and more than 100 structures damaged, emergency officials said.

Some of the injuries that occurred include minor cuts and exposure to the elements due to the storm that rolled through the city early Monday, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Joe Arrington told reporters.

The storm knocked out electricity for more than 45,000 residents, CPS Energy said. As of 5:45 a.m. on Monday, more than 25,000 residents were without power. Most damaged structures were homes but an elementary school and several commercial properties were also damaged. Some homes collapsed completely.

Arrington said the San Antonio Fire Department is working with the Red Cross to provide shelter to people whose homes were damaged. Most structural damaged occurred in the area north of downtown San Antonio, just south of the San Antonio International Airport.

The National Weather Service issued flood advisories, flash flood watches and severe thunderstorm warnings throughout southeastern Texas, including Houston.

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