Storm Damages La Peñita Waterfront Homes

This weeks sudden storm caused substantial damage to water front homes on La Peñita north beach.

Thanks to Carole and Ken and Bea for the photos and first hand accounts.

Ken and Bea caught this photo during the storm and commented on the forum, “…rather nasty dish of weather. It had a lot of people scrambling to batten down the hatches. Thunder rolled overhead and storm clouds blocked the sun.

Probably the ferocious wind was the scariest. On the rooftop of our bungalows, the patio furniture buffeted by the gusty wind, sounded like tap dancers moving back and forth across the deck. Throughout the night the wind continued accompanied by torrential rain.

Temperature dropped dramatically with a 13 degree Celsius low at night with day time temperatures reaching only about 20”.

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The webcam records some wave action before it went off line.

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At the north end of the La Peñita beach several seawalls were damaged. These pictures are from Carole in order from north to south.

By the walk way one lot from the cemetery the side wall is collapsing on properties on both sides of the walkway.

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The second lot from the cemetery had substantial damage behind the wall too.

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The Perla del Mar (third lot from the cemetery) also was hard hit:

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Further south at Calle Mazatlan there was no damage to property. I count 8 steps on the front of my house. The most I have ever seen before is 7 but then that wall stood through Hurricane Kenna unlike the one lying to the south of it in this photo. I am told that earlier this year there was noting but clay showing but I have never witnessed that.

La Peñit north beach storm damage

At the little rig RV park carole commented, “Some of our campers got wet feet but we were very lucky and no sand or sea water came into the pool . We lost a few meter of land but I believe it will come back in time . It has happened before.”

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Further south the clay base was starting to show through the sand.

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This too has happened before. The clay base seems to stay largely intact through these storms. The sand washes out to sea with high waves and then the calmer summer wave action pushes it back in. The problem with the seawalls seem to occur when they are not adequately seated in the clay

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and when the waves enter from the side as happened at the walkway.

Streets behind the malecon flooded as is also usual on these high wave events.

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There are more photos on the forum at this link: Nature Speaks Loudly

Additional Resources:

Mexico Daily News.com reported:

Huge billboard falls during strong winds
Winter storm, cold fronts deliver atypical weather to 25 states

Mexico News Daily | Thursday, March 10, 2016

Four people were injured, one seriously, after strong winds brought down a massive billboard in Metepec, State of México yesterday, landing on two vehicles on the Toluca-Tenango highway.

It was one of many incidents provoked by what Civil Protection officials described as severe and atypical weather conditions in at least 25 states, including extremely gusty winds, heavy rain, flooding and overflowing rivers.

– See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/huge-billboard-falls-during-strong-winds/

They included this Youtube video:

2 Comments

user image Bob

I have saved Ken and Bea’s photograph. It is one of the best photos that I have seen that have been taken in our town. Kudos!!

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