Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

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(photo: Mike Eliason)

Edhat readers share their photos, videos, and reports from the intense storm that hit Santa Barbara on March 5, 2019. See them all below!

By Mike Eliason of Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Lightning strikes in the skies above Santa Barbara, CA, March 5, 2019, as seen in these views from Stearns Wharf.

Photo by @colinmccrindle

By an edhat reader

We set up a tripod on the roof and took a few hundred pics and selected the best to give to you. I am 12 years old and love photography. 


By Sophie Cameron (daughter of HolaZola)

Lightning In Paradise, so photos shot from Goleta.

Photos by Yesenia Thomas

Captured from the top of Old San Marcos.

Video by Mark W.

By an edhat reader

Lightning in Isla Vista, Platform Holly hit. Monster cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning seen from Isla Vista.

Video by Sara G.

Video by Rey H.

Lightning strike near Mussel Shoals

Reported by edhat readers

  • Is anyone else hearing that roaring thunder? We're on the westside and its every few minutes, getting deeper and almost rattling our windows.

  • Intense lightning off the water.

  • Strong winds and hail off Painted Cave.

  • Lights flickering, some houses dark, off State and Sola Streets.

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Shasta Guy Mar 05, 2019 08:07 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

I stepped inside for a bit when there was less than a 2 sec delay between the flash and thunder. I’m hoping that the St. Anthony’s Tower or the Mission is a good lightning rod. A few minutes ago I must have heard half a dozen emergency vehicles going somewhere north of the Mission.

Abc109 Mar 05, 2019 07:55 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

You may want to get inside in a bit. That band coming is concentrated and many, many times larger than what you're experiencing now. I'm up in Solvang and we are getting different bits and pieces. But she's coming for you.

Abc109 Mar 05, 2019 07:46 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

You guys, there is a gnarly band looks to be gaining strength and getting large, looks to come through in maybe 30, 40 minutes. Hunker down.

a-1551843891 Mar 05, 2019 07:44 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

BARBARA COUNTY UNTIL 800 PM PST...At 723 PM PST, Doppler radar was tracking a cluster of strong thunderstorms across the Santa Barbara Channel. These storms will affect southeastern Santa Barbara County from Refugio State Beach to the city of Santa Barbara through 8 PM PST. Dime size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible with these storms. Brief heavy downpours are also expected.
Locations impacted include...Santa Barbara, Montecito, Santa Ynez, Refugio State Beach,
Isla Vista, Goleta and Lake Cachuma."

a-1551843488 Mar 05, 2019 07:38 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

"Thunderbolt and lightning, Very, very frightening me. (Galileo) Galileo. (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro
Magnifico-o-o-o-o. Mama Mia"

a-1551843355 Mar 05, 2019 07:35 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

[email protected] minutes ago, If you want to see (on a map) where that strike you just heard was, here's a good site. Quite a show now offshore from Santa Barbara.;t=3;s=0;o=0;b=;ts=0;z=9;y=34.3037;x=-119.8512;d=2;dl=2;dc=0 …;

a-1551843115 Mar 05, 2019 07:31 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

We thought someone was opening the doors to one of our stables on the south end of our property. We walked down to check, but quickly realized that it was thunder. The people staying in our guesthouse are from Argentina, and for them this is a ho-hum nothing event. Guess it is time to open up a bottle or two of wine and toast the weather: "Here is a toast to this weather...may it never rain on YOUR parade!!"

yin yang Mar 05, 2019 07:20 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

Thanks for posting. So it is that close. Been listening for at least 20 minutes; had to track that deep rumble. Windy is such a GREAT website! (I'm near La Cumbre /Foothill)

a-1551842372 Mar 05, 2019 07:19 PM
Lightning, Hail, and Power Outage Reports

National Weather Service, Marine Warning: " At 648 PM PST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing waterspouts was located over San Miguel Island. This storm will affect the Santa Barbara Channel through 730 PM PST. It will reach the coast near Goleta between 715 pm and 730 PM PST.
HAZARD...Waterspouts, wind gusts in excess of 50 knots, small hail..."


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