I went for a walk this morning and was amazed at the destruction on Playa Norte due to the high winds and surf from Hurricane Norbert. Norbert never even came close – it stayed West of Baja the entire time, but with Hurricane Marie passing by earlier between the two the power was magnified. People along our entire coastline are dealing with a lot of damage – Stone Island took a hit, the hotels in the Golden Zone suffered damage, and several beachfront houses have lost their patios and pools.
At the top of this post is a picture of some broken stairs and in the background the devastated Lupe’s Locos. Below is a damaged palapa restaurant. I have lots more photos here if you care to look.
I have a feeling over the next few days the extent of the damage will increase as engineers and contractors do their inspections. This morning the only palapa restaurant on the malecon able to open is Puerto Azul. All the rest are going to take a lot of work to repair. The water was still too high while I was walking to be able to make much of a start on the cleanup, but waiters and owners were doing what they could.
The seawall at the Pacifico Beer monument has broken and fallen away, as you can see above. Below is what little remains of the eight or so individual palapas at La Corriente.