A month after high winds caused serious roof and property damage to homes and buildings in North Texas, powerful winds swept across South-Central Texas causing more of the same type of property damage.
Not only did many Austin homes and businesses suffer roof damage from hail, winds, and toppled trees, but even the side of a commercial building in North Austin came crashing down. The winds, measuring over 60 miles per hour (mph), somehow peeled back the bricks on the side of this business complex, causing an evacuation and temporary closures of businesses located in the building.
San Antonio also had powerful winds that peaked at 54 mph. The winds that swept through the area also caused downed trees and ripped roofs from homes. State Farm, the largest home insurer in San Antonio, reported that it got “hundreds” of homeowner insurance claims for roof and property damages due to the high winds.
Sadly, a wind-whipped fire destroyed homes, displaced families, and left three people dead. Although the cause of the deadly house fire hasn’t been officially released, many suspect that strong wind gusts fanned the fire that began around 2:15 p.m. at the home in the 8100 block of Pearsall Road. Other fires also occurred on the same day. A brush fire in Southwest Bexar County burned 350 acres and destroyed three structures near Pleasanton and Tumble roads and a three-alarm fire destroyed part of an apartment complex. The complex was located in the 10800 block of Sahara Street near U.S. 281 on the north side of San Antonio.
On March 5, 2013, residents of San Antonio woke up to high winds again moving through the area, causing some minor property damage from snapped tree branches.