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Unexpected winds send beach items airborne

Posted at 10:13 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 10:13:27-04

SANTA BARBARA, CA (KEYT/CNN) - A fast-moving storm rolled through Santa Barbara, CA, Sunday overturning everything that wasn't bolted down.

Video taken during the storm shows umbrellas being tossed wildly.

"Everybody was screaming," Monique Martinez said. "I could hear people screaming all over the beach. There was a lot of people that were hurt because of the boats that were flying around."

Martinez was trying to get back to her car when it started to rain. The storm was mild at first, and then it started to pour.

"The wind storm with the hail just threw men by the beach, dragged me by the boats to the fence where I had to hold on to the fence, and I could barely hold on, because it was pushing me," Martinez said. "There were things flying, kayaks, boats."

She said her niece was injured by a flying object, possibly a kayak or boat and was taken to the hospital.

Brett Bouchy was kayaking with his wife and son when the entire group was tossed into the water.

"It just came out of nowhere," Bouchy said. "It happened within 20 seconds where, all of sudden, it started raining and then the wind came, flipped over the kayaks and the kayaks just blew 100 feet away from us in the air."

On the beach, people were walking around in a daze, picking up umbrellas, blankets and chairs tossed by the storm.

"It was a scary two minutes there," Meghan Bicomong said. "It felt like hours. I'm glad everyone is fine and accounted for."

The storm is believed to be a microburst, which is a sudden, localized and powerful air current.

Microbursts can behave in similar ways to a tornado and can cause similar damage.

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