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Structures damaged, power lines knocked down by wind and rain in Goleta

People begin to clean up from tornado-like weather in and around Goleta
Weather event leaves path of damage near Goleta

GOLETA, Calif. – Carports were damaged, streets were flooded and power lines were knocked down by a storm system that moved through southern Santa Barbara County Saturday evening.

Officials in Santa Barbara County confirmed carports and property were damaged at a Goleta area condominium complex. Homes on the 400 block of Camino Del Remedio had reported damage, according to officials.

Security guard Shawn Smith said is was a Christmas night like no other.

"The wind was about 65 miles an hour, the debris was blowing all over the place. I drove around and saw trees down in parking lot and 2 county cars got crushed by a branch, It was pretty intense."

Randy Saake is an Oak Grove board member an past president who said it all began around 9 p.m.

"We heard huge winds coming up. My bedroom window looks out on the parking lot. It was really quick about 5 to 15 seconds. I heard the sheet metal thing pulled of the carports, turns out a couple trees are down as well."

County firefighters taped off the area.

SBCF spokesperson Daniel Bertucelli called it a weather anomoly, but the National Weather Service is still looking into what happened.

"If you do come across any downed power lines please stay away and call 911 and we will get Edison out there."

Crews worked all night and by morning people got a better look at the damage.

Victor Villalpando said, " it just blew us back, we got so scared the next thing you know we saw this sheet metal."

San Marcos High track was damaged, too.

The principal estimated repairs will cots 10 to 15 thousand dollars

A high jump cover flew from the football field to the softball field.

No one reported being injured giving the holiday memory a silver lining.

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