Wednesday, June 10, 2015

STORM SURGE FROM HURRICANE BLANCA - June 7, 2015

Went out for our usual morning walk along the Banderas Bay and we were surprised by the devastation from the storm surge of Hurricane Blanca.  According to people who were there Saturday night, the high waves started around 10:30 pm on and started to get very nasty around 11:00 pm.  We were home asleep (4 blocks from the beach) and had no idea of the damage occurring until we went for our walk at 7:00 am on Sunday morning.  These photos will give you an idea of what occurred.  The eye of the storm was some 800 miles off shore.  One thing to keep in mind:  "Don't Mess With Mother Nature".


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Sleeping near the sand

 Contents of the beach restaurant no longer there

 Heavy concrete upended by the waves

 The sand completely washed away from the footings
of this beach restaurant in front of Vista del Sol

 Strong waves still coming ashore early Sunday morning


Palapas in front of the Sea Monkey.  I believe they were
removed before the storm surge,

 Steps to the beach in front of the Sea Monkey,  Several 
feet of sand was washed back into the bay

 Trash container with a concrete foundation was torn 
loose by the waves

 Waves around 7 o'clock on Sunday morning

 Large rocks on the Malecon near ViteA

 Indicator of the size of the rocks washed up on the Malecon

 Rocks near ViteA

Cleaning up at ViteA shortly after 7 am

 Aftermath of the storm surge near ViteA

 Large pieces of concrete flipped over near the Naval Hospital

 Capstones ripped from the wall along the Malecon

 Damage along the Malecon near the lighthouse

 These capstones weight several hundred pounds each

 Concrete broken loose near the Naval Hospital

 Debris from the storm surge

 ViteA back in business by 7:30 am

 Large waves still coming ashore around 7:30 am Sunday

 Lost of spectators

 Surfers taking advantage of the unusual waves


Another view of the remains of the beach
restaurant in front of Vista del Sol