Residents of La Salina Mobile Village in Oceanside spent Wednesday assessing the damage left by what they swear was a tornado that hit the place Tuesday at about 2:10 p.m.
Fire fighters told them it could have been a waterspout that came ashore.
The National Weather Service cites 'high winds' -- nothing more.
"When you see winds going this way and that way and an overpressure like I did," said La Salina resident James Knott III, "and you see something that's moving and twisting like a rat's tail -- A plus B plus C equals D. Tornado."
Whatever it was, nerves are on edge and stress levels are high as the 101-space village battens down for more storm surges.
Nearly a dozen carport awnings were torn away, or collapsed.
Siding, roofing materials and yard bric-a-brac were blown every which way.
Some of it went into the nearby Loma Alta Creek flood control channel, where runoff carried bits and pieces out to Buccaneer Beach -- according to reports from city public works crews.
Pictures were taken for insurance purposes.
But that won't help a few residents.
"There's a lot of structural damage to the trailer; there'll be a lot of cleanup" said Jeff Stevenson. "It's going to cost a lot of money, but unfortunately, we're uninsured."
Longtime residents say they feel a lot more secure during rainy seasons than they did before the city installed the flood channel in the late 1990s -- putting an end to Alta Loma Creek's periodic overflowing into the village.