Storms roar across Texas

Tornado damaged mobile homes and houses San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO | March 20, 2012

A tornado damaged mobile homes and houses in the San Antonio area as severe weather swept across Texas. meteorologists said Tuesday.

The twister, confirmed by the National Weather Service, hit Natalia and Devine, about 20 miles southwest of San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The storms wreaked havoc Monday evening but were gone by 10 p.m., officials said.

In the Austin area, several people were trapped in their cars after being swept away by floodwaters, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were delayed or canceled Tuesday morning because of lightning and flooding, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.

No deaths or severe injuries were reported in Texas. But for many people the storms were frightening.

Bob Smith told the Express-News he and his family gathered under a pool table in their mobile home in Natalia as the tornado approached.

"I heard a real ugly roar. It sounded just like a train. And I just tried to get my family covered," he said. "It was so dark, and then it was over like that. The rain, everything stopped, and I came outside and it was like, oh my God, everything is torn up in my driveway."

At least two highway accidents involving tractor-trailers were blamed on the tornado.

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