Swells leave Australian homes at risk of collapse

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Swells leave Australian homes at risk of collapse


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Days of high tide have eroded Warambel Beach north of Sydney

Huge waves have pummelled the Australian state of New South Wales, eroding some coastal areas and putting homes at risk of collapse.

In beach suburbs to the north of Sydney, residents lost decks and fences as the surf lapped at the edge of properties.

Authorities say they have recorded waves as high as 11m (36ft) this week off the city’s coastline.

The wild surf has been caused by a strong low pressure system.

On Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology (Bom) re-issued a “hazardous” surf warning for the state’s entire 2,100km (1,300-mile) coastline.

It advised people to stay away from the water, and warned against swimming, boating and rock fishing in the conditions.

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Surfers at Sydney’s northern beaches on Thursday riding the massive waves

The biggest waves have been about four times the size of an average wave at this time of the year, said Weatherzone, a meteorology company.

In the suburb of Warambel, an hour’s north drive of Sydney, residents were evacuating beachfront homes at risk of collapse.

Pictures showed the tide had carved out some soil under houses, leaving foundations exposed.

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