The first storm to hit Subic this year hasn’t caused much trouble so far. Here in Baloy Beach there is some minor damage, and the beach is eroding quickly.
According to PAGASA, the weather bureau here in the Philippines, this first storm does not yet signal the end of summer and the start of the rainy season for Central Luzon. They say the official rainy season will probably start in the last half of May.
Blue Rock Floating Bar was washed ashore, suffering what appears to be some minor damage. Several banca boats were swamped. Johan’s dive resort was able to move all but one of their dive boats to the harbor at the old Subic Bay Naval Station, leaving one swamped in front of the resort and dive center. It’s floating upside down about 20 yards offshore. A speedboat owned by Dryden Group was also swamped. Employees are trying to get it out of the water now.
What struck me as the worst part of the storm damage is the erosion of the beach here at Baloy. See the pictures below. In some spots, like down by Blue Rock Resort, the beach is roughly half the depth it was yesterday. Further up towards Treasure Island, where most of the Nipa Huts are located, right by the two lifeguard towers, the beach is nearly gone.
Here are some photos and videos I took this morning along Baloy Beach in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo:
A man tries to salvage whatever he can from his swamped banca boat, in front of Blue Rock Resort:
Blue Rock Floating Bar and Banca Boats Swamped:
Trying to recover a speedboat in front of Treasure Island Resort:
Blue Rock Floating Bar Washed Ashore:
Damage to the Comfort Room (CR) on the Blue Rock Floating Bar:
Recovering Dryden Group’s Speedboat in front of Treasure Island Resort:
One of Johan’s Dive Resort’s Dive Boats is Swamped:
Baloy Beach is eroded all the way up to the Nipa Huts just past Wild Orchid Resort’s Beach Rooms: