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Weather event blows through Carpinteria

Extreme weather wallops Carpinteria mobile home park

CARPINTERIA, Calif.- People in and around Sandpiper Village in Carpinteria are wondering what kind of weather event they witnessed during Tuesday's storm.

Kirsten Lieder who lives in the mobile village said,"I looked out my window and I you could see things flying everywhere, it looked like a tornado to me," said resident Denise Leichter

Her neighbor Kirsten Lieder will never forget the sound.

"There was like a growling noise, and I don't use that term lightly, because it really sounded like something was growling outside, roaring," said Lieder.

Debris included pieces of broken metal flew in all directions.

"It was spiraling through the air like flashes," said Lieder, "There was hail and there was thunder before."

About 26 of the 281 mobile homes sustained damage, mostly to carports, roofs and windows.

Thanks to neighbors helping neighbors Sandpiper Village General Manager Tonya Martines said no one has been displaced.

"The people here, they are wonderful, you know, "said Martines," It really is a Paradise and they proved it today."

Some metal flew into the Carpinteria cemetery and greenhouses nearby.

Although the Fire Marshal said it sounds like a microburst the National Weather Service will determine what kind of weather event struck Carpinteria.

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