New footage shows the damage that the September 3 microburst that ripped through Santa Barbara caused to one home.
From her porch in the artsy Funk Zone, a women recorded the moment 80mph winds started picking up and debris began flying everywhere. She said ‘the sky went from sunny to black’ in the caption of her video.
A microburst is a small but powerful burst of wind from the base of a thunderstorm, which causes similar affects to a tornado.
The one in southern California caused extensive damage to homes and cars, and flipped boats. This is the same microburst that left a 16-year-old girl with a fractured skull when the winds picked up unknowingly on a Santa Barbara beach nearby.
A microburst ripped through Santa Barbara, California last week. A women recorded the storm as it was happening. Pictured is a piece of her neighbor’s metal roof that came flying toward her
The woman said her skylights and windows were broken and pieces of her roof were completely gone. The storm left homes and cars damaged, as well as boats overturned and trees uprooted
In the video, the women records the downpour and debris flying on the street. She suddenly runs inside screaming as a part of her neighbor’s metal roof comes flying toward her.
The camera cuts to the woman inside her home, seeing the damage for the first time– water rushing down the stairs, parts of the roof missing and rain falling inside of her home.
She said she stopped filming to run upstairs and close her skylights, ‘and when i rounded the corner there was a river coming down the staircase.’
When the woman went upstairs she found the north end of her roof gone.
Footage from the roof of her home shows skylights and windows completely shattered and the neighbor’s rusty corrugated metal roofing gone. She said the roof was later found three blocks away on railroad tracks.
Beach-goer Alyssa Nuño, 16, suffered a fractured skull after she was caught in the storm and found under three kayaks that went flying
A microburst is a small but powerful burst of wind from the base of a thunderstorm, which causes similar affects to a tornado
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department said 56 people were tossed into the water. Boats, kayaks, and paddle boards overturned in the Santa Barbara Harbor and at least 17 people had to be rescued.
Beach-goer Alyssa Nuño, 16, was found under wooden debris and three kayaks that were blown toward her. She is being treated for critical injuries while she waits surgery later this week.
On a GoFundMe page that was made to cover her medical costs, her cousin said: ‘She has suffered multiple broken bones, a fractured skull and some head trauma’.
So far page has raised almost $41,600.