Did a tornado cause the damage in Vista?

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 10:54:35-05

VISTA -- Many residents in Vista say they believe a tornado touched down and caused damage in their neighborhood.

They’re cleaning up at Seaview Place where destruction on the dead end street is widespread.

“Whew like about 10 seconds and that's it, like a whip it just lifted everything up,” said Joe Duran, whose daughter’s home suffered serious damage. 

Whatever it was came roaring through Josh Kluttz's bedroom. He first noticed debris whipping at his window and within seconds it was a near miss that very nearly cost him his life.

“As it got harder I moved to my bed, as soon as I did that a branch came through my window, it literally came where I was sitting,” he said.

His mother was home from work within minutes.

“There was glass everywhere, my garage door was out, all of the stuff in my garage it had flung it into the front yard.” 

She says they still haven’t found their 16 foot trampoline. Meanwhile, their neighbors' is now sitting toppled in their driveway.

For another neighbor, there was a more devastating find in the backyard.

“Somebody lost an animal there,  could be a Chihuahua mix or a cat,” said Marco Sanchez, staring at a dead animal. “No one knows where it came from.”

For hours the power was shut off to the entire neighborhood while crews tried to assess the damage. The same went for families trying to figure out what happened here.

“It’s really kind of a traumatic experience when you think about it,” said Tyanne Hly.

It could take up to 24 hours for officials to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado.