‘I was just trying to call my parents to tell them I love them’: Wednesday storms cause damage in San Marcos


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Glass came shattering through a window as large chunks of hail pummeled roofs.

Jesse Pert, who lives in San Marcos, described what 10 minutes of terror felt like during a severe thunderstorm Wednesday night.

He lives in a trailer home, and said he was on the other side when he heard what sounded like bowling ball-sized hail pounding the roof. Shortly after, Pert heard glass shattering in another room.

“My first instinct was to drop to the floor,” Pert said.

Above hail video in San Marcos courtesy of Chris and Donnalynn Barton

Step by step, every nook and cranny, Pert’s landlord cleans up shattered glass.

“I’m hoping we don’t see a lot more [damage in the neighborhood],” the landlord said.

Pert feels happy to be alive.

“All of a sudden I heard what sounded like bowling balls on the roof and glass shattering,” Pert said. “I was just trying to call my parents to tell them I loved them, in case anything happened.”

This sounds like an exaggeration, but really, he didn’t know what was going to happen.

“It’s pretty scary,” Pert said.

Pert said after the hail, things got worse.

“Then we lost power,” he said.

KXAN received numerous photos of large hail from San Marcos.

  • Hail that fell in San Marcos off Wonder World Drive April 28, 2021 (Courtesy Hayden Jaco)
  • Hail in south San Marcos April 28, 2021 (Courtesy Jayce Johnson)
  • Hail in San Marcos April 28, 2021 (Courtesy Kimiko Krekel)
  • 1 to 2 inch sized hail fell in San Marcos April 28, 2021 (Courtesy: G McMahon)
  • Hail found near Alumni Drive in San Marcos (Courtesy Mike Marshall)

Pert is okay but is now dealing with hail damage to his home and car. It could’ve been much worse. He said everyone should have a severe weather plan in place. 

“I, for sure, will try to have more flashlights,” Pert said. “My phone was at 5%, so I couldn’t use the flashlight, and I was trying to pick up glass. It wasn’t the best scenario.”

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