Man airborne as gust of wind throws him into car

04/28/2010 1:39 PM

12/13/2010 9:35 AM

Wayne Colvin is grateful that his hat was the only thing he lost on Wednesday afternoon -- after being picked up by a strong wind and thrown against his 1991 Honda Accord, things could have been much worse.

Colvin was working on his car outside a Castle Vista home, when a gust of wind lifted him into the air and slammed into the vehicle's side, breaking the side mirror.

"It picked me up off my feet, about a foot and a half off the ground," he said.

Neighbor Stephanie Widick saw the commotion from across the street.

"It was the scariest 30 seconds of my life," she said. "We all thought it was a tornado."

There were no reports of tornados in the area, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Hanford, but winds at the old Castle Air Force Base were being clocked at around 50 miles per hour.

At the same time Colvin was being tossed around like a rag doll, Widick watched the wind unearth a nearby plant and throw debris from area rooftops and trees to the ground. Soon after, other neighbors came rushing to the scene. Colvin wasn't injured, and no major damage was reported.

Colvin's hat, however, was missing in action. After a thorough search of the neighborhood, the hat was finally discovered near the rear of Widick's home, about 50 yards from where he tustled with Mother Nature.

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