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Wild winds, five-metre waves batter NSW coast



People are being warned to stay out of the water along the New South Wales coast this public holiday, with huge gale force winds and gigantic waves battering the beaches.

Waves crashed high enough to reach a pedestrian walkway and the RSL at Bondi Beach in Sydney overnight.

Bins were washed away and cars drenched, leaving a big clean-up this morning.

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The weather is being caused by a slow-moving low-pressure system forming off New Zealand.

The effects are being felt along the east coast, chiefly focused along NSW.

Hazardous surf warnings are in place stretching right from Byron Bay in the state's north, down to Eden.

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Waves of up to five metres high were recorded yesterday, and a rock fisherman had to be rescued when he was swept into the ocean near Batemans Bay.

Similar conditions are expected today, with the weather expected to ease later this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology and NSW Surf Life Saving are urging people to avoid the water.

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