Southern California got a burst of wintery weather over the weekend. The biggest storm in years brought heavy rain and thunderstorms, delivering a blow that ripped boats from their moorings, sending them crashing into piers or onto beaches.
Two Santa Barbara restaurants were seriously damaged. Meals were interrupted when a giant wave crashed through a window at Moby Dick restaurant on Santa Barbara’s Stearn’s Wharf (watch the video below!).
The storm-fueled waves broke through tall sand berms, pushing waves several hundred feet onto beaches. Big clumps of seaweed were scattered across the volleyball courts on East Beach (Santa Barbara).
Santa Barbara Storm Damage
The biggest storm to slam into drought-ridden California in at least three years tore up beaches and broke restaurant windows in Santa Barbara. This photo gallery shows several sailboats that were beached. (Photos Traffic411)
A few miles up the coast in Goleta, the manager of the Beachside Bar-Cafe was sucked out to sea when a rogue wave crashed onto the patio of the pierside restaurant. Fortunately the man got stuck under the pier and was able to get back to shore safely. (Click here to see video of the wild weather and storm damage that shut down Goleta Beach and damaged the Beachside Bar-Cafe).
In Carpinteria, seawater and debris flowed all the way up to railroad tracks along Santa Claus Lane, sending crews out on Sunday to clear and inspect the tracks for safety.