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Large waves threaten homes in Hastings

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On Saturday, emergency authorities in Hastings were on high alert, as swells of up to six metres pounded the coast and threatened beachfront homes. The aftermath of tropical cyclone Gene has generated large waves from Gisborne to the Wairarapa, extending down to the Kaikoura coast. Relentless swells threatened homes and battered concrete retaining walls. The waves proved to be a spectacle in Gisborne as well, with one local saying he had NOT SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT SINCE THE 1970s. Local authorities are closely watching the tides, but the big waves were expected to gradually dissipate with the Metservice predicting a shift to around two metres by Sunday

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