Scary moments for beachgoers startled by violent microburst; video

Santa Barbara, California, beachgoers were enjoying a leisurely afternoon one moment and scrambling for cover the next on Sunday as a microburst of pelting rain and powerful wind swept across the sand.

Umbrellas soar as microburst strikes Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara County.

The violent weather event, which sent large umbrellas soaring across the landscape, was captured on video by Leonard Diaz at Arroyo Burro Beach, also known as Hendry's Beach. Viewers will want to watch in full-screen mode, with the volume turned on, to get a sense of the chaos generated by this sudden change in weather. (Warning: There’s brief profanity in the footage.)

According to the National Weather Service, microbursts are localized columns of fast-sinking air, or downdrafts, contained within thunderstorms.

KEYT 3 reported that the microburst also overturned boats and downed trees and power lines.

Much of Santa Barbara, however, was not affected by the localized storm that passed very quickly.

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