‘Tornado-like’ weather event wrecks California neighborhood

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Elsewhere in the state, an unusual “tornado-like event” briefly battered eastern Goleta Valley in Santa Barbara County. 

A torrential downpour and strong winds brought down power lines, ripped metal carport awnings from an apartment complex and toppled trees on Saturday night. Santa Barbara Fire Department reported the damage via Twitter on Christmas night at around 10.30 p.m. 

“SBC on scene of several downed trees, damaged carports and damaged cars,” the department wrote. “Neighbors reported ‘tornado like’ event causing damage. Power out in area. Damage reported in Goleta Valley.”

Goleta, Calif. Dec. 25, 2021.

Goleta, Calif. Dec. 25, 2021.

Santa Barbara Fire Department

Tom Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, told Noozhawk that there was a report of a “water spout” in the ocean on Saturday night that may have moved onto land. After some residents described the violent winds as a tornado, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli told the outlet that the unusual incident was a “weather anomaly.”

The ferocious storm disappeared as quickly as it came, but not before damaging a condo building on the 400 block of Camino del Remedio in Goleta. 

“MULTIPLE EMERGENCY CREWS responding to Oak Grove Condos on Camino Del Remedio near Goleta,” wrote reporter John Palminteri on Twitter. “Witness saw tornado activity. Metal car port awnings ripped off. Tossed 3-stories high. Trees down.”

Twitter user PupscanLA shared an image of the mangled aluminum carport strewn across the sidewalk. 

“Steel beams bent and thrown 20+ feet. Whole thing lasted under 60 seconds,” a resident on the street wrote.

Goleta, Calif. Dec. 25, 2021.

Goleta, Calif. Dec. 25, 2021.

Santa Barbara Fire Department

Despite the extensive damage, no injuries were reported. 

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