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Fethiye Storms – The Aftermath

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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.

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 Boat Jetty
The jetty took a bit of a battering

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 After Lodos
The sea washed the beach onto the promenade

There’s going to be a big clean-up operation going on over the next few days.

Some of the bars and restaurants along Çalış Beach have been damaged as the sea was crashing right over the promenade, bringing the beach with it.

Waves From Lodos At Çalış
The waves were crashing after the storm had passed

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.

Lodos Rolling Waves
Not often we see rolling waves at Çalış Beach

The beach and the sea looked absolutely amazing. No pebbles on the beach; just pure, smooth sand. The waves were huge.

Lodos Waves At Güven's, Çalış
Huge waves in front of Güven’s Restaurant

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…

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Backto Bodrum

Saturday 28th of December 2013

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.

Turkey's For Life

Saturday 28th of December 2013

Yeah warm here, too, this year. We've just turned our heating off. Better than last week's icy winds. This storm 3 years ago was one of the worst we've seen.

Turkey's For Life

Monday 20th of December 2010

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!

Jeremy B

Monday 20th of December 2010

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.

Turkey's For Life

Saturday 18th of December 2010

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.


Saturday 18th of December 2010

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.

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