Fethiye Storms – The Aftermath

I know there are horrendous storms that affect certain parts of the world on a regular basis and last night’s storm in Fethiye would probably look like a mere gust of wind in comparison to those, but for this area of the Southwest Turkish coast, the storm was pretty significant. Thunder, lightening, high winds and pelting rain battered the house all night (amazingly, we only lost one roof tile) so that when we woke up this morning, we opened the curtains, not just to let the daylight in but to peer through the window to assess the aftermath.

Waves Crash Against Red Island in Fethiye

Waves crashing against Red Island in Fethiye Bay

Being a large natural harbour protected by surrounding mountains, Fethiye doesn’t feel the full brunt of the extremes of weather. Tell tale signs of last night’s storm in Fethiye were a swollen sea the colour of clay and these waves crashing against the rocks of Red Island – these waves come from the direction of the open sea. A bit of online communication with a friend in Çalış and we had to go over there to see for ourselves.

Çalış Water Taxi Jetty

A bedraggled Çalış water taxi jetty

We could hear the waves crashing onto the beach as we walked down the street in Çalış but the first effects we noticed of last night’s storm were at the jetty of the Çalış water taxi.

Çalış Beach Promenade

Çalış Beach Promenade

There’s going to be a big clean-up operation going on over the next few days. Some of the bars and restaurants in Çalış have been damaged as the sea was crashing right over the promenade, bringing the beach with it.

Crashing waves on Çalış Beach

Crashing waves on Çalış Beach

As you can see in the photos, the sea at Çalış was still very swollen today. We’ve never seen Çalış look quite like this in all the time we’ve been here. Waves were still reaching the wall between the beach and the hotels and bars but we could see that they were even bigger down towards the dolmuş station – so we continued further along the beach.

Breaking Waves Hit Çalış Beach

Çalış rolling waves

The beach and the sea looked absolutely amazing. No pebbles on the beach; just pure, smooth sand. The waves were huge and I did a great video…but I’ve tried twice to upload it and it won’t work, so photos it is. You’ll just have to use your imagination.

Çalış Beach In Stormy Weather

The biggest, most beautiful waves were in front of Güven’s

These were the waves at Güven’s Restaurant. If you know this place, you can get a good idea of the strength of storm when I say the waves were coming right up, over their seating area, through the garden and hitting the windows. There’s only the steel frame of their covered area left. The rest was blown away.

And as I write, the rain is again pouring from the sky in Fethiye. So far, only the odd grumble of thunder and no high winds. Here’s hoping…

Update 18/12/10 – We managed to upload the video to our Facebook page. Watch it now!

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  1. Wow you never can underestimate the power of the sea, or nature. I hope the damage wasn’t too bad, its heartbreaking to see local businesses that are peoples livelyhood destroyed.

  2. It could have been much worse I think Jozef. The bar where we were managed to laugh off their missing canopy! Just a lot of clearing and cleaning to be done.

  3. This post gave me a flashback to the aftermath of various hurricanes I experienced in Puerto Rico. We always went out to the street to see the damages.
    Good thing this storm didn’t do serious damages.

  4. I imagine the hurricanes in Puerto Rico were much worse than this Norbert! It’s just that this was the worst storm we’ve seen here.

  5. I’m glad to hear that you are safe.

  6. Yes, we’re fine thanks Inka. Heard about only one injury so far. How was it where you are?

  7. Happy to hear you guys are safe. It’s amazing what nature can do.

  8. It is isn’t it, Amy. We could have sat in Çalış all day yesterday, just watching the sea – the same sea we paddle in, in summer.

  9. I still can’t believe how high up the water came; but that was some streak of heavy rain. Hopefully it gives it a rest for a bit 🙂

  10. wow, the waves, as violent as they can be, look beautiful crashing on the beach. Good to hear you are safe, though- and enjoy from on land!

  11. Anil, hopefully! We need some sun on our backs! 🙂

    Jade, beautiful enjoying from the land. Wouldn’t have liked to have been on any sort of boat, ferry (etc) out there.

  12. Tried to post this earlier but it doesn’t seem to have worked. Trying again! Loved the photos very dramatic. Fethiye looks very different to just a few weeks ago! Glad you’re safe.

  13. Glad it’s worked now Connie. Yes, all very different. The temperatures are really up and down. It was actually really warm during the storm. Cold again now.

  14. Wow, what a storm. This reminds me of the damage I lived through when I was in high school. I live in the Myrtle Beach area when Hurricane Hugo came through in 1989.

  15. Jeremy, I dread to think what it would be like to sit through a hurricane. This was just a bad storm by Fethiye’s standards – and one of the worst we have been in – but a hurricane must be terrifying!

  16. Still feeling the effects of the Lodos here. Pouring with rain as it always does after a big southerly. At least the south wind keeps the temperature high. We didn’t need any heating in the house yesterday evening.

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