LATEST: WIND gusts of more than 100km/h have been recorded at Cape Byron today.

Data from the Bureau of Meteorology shows there were gusts of 102km/h and 104km/h late this morning.

Winds have been generally strong, coming from the east, at around 80km/h.

Tweed Heads offshore wave rider buoy has recorded significant wave heights of around 5m and a maximum wave height of 10m.

The swell is continuing to hammer the beaches.

A dramatic video from 9 News shows one man being almost dragged into a ferocious tide as he tried to take a picture of the carnage.

The man can be seen taking a picture on precariously placed platform, which suddenly gives way underneath him as the waves crashed in on the beach this morning.

Fortunately he was not injured and manages to pull himself back up.

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UPDATE, 11.30am: HAZARDOUS weather conditions are still impacting the northern NSW coastline, and surf lifesavers are urging the public to exercise caution when visiting the coast.

"Surf conditions along the Byron and Coffs coast may be extreme and these hazardous conditions may continue into Monday," Surf Life Saving NSW's director of lifesaving, Joel Wiseman, said.

"We strongly recommend members of the public to exercise caution when boating and not to engage in risky coastal activities such as rock fishing over the next two days."

 

Original story: THE Byron Shire's coastline has been battered by a swell that has closed all beaches.

Waves were so high at Main Beach this morning at high tide they reached the area's car park.

Visitors and residents watched in awe at the swell and the wind covering Main Beach, Clarkes Beach and The Wreck, with lifesavers on hand to ensure people would not go into the water.

Waves pummel the Byron Bay coastline.
Waves pummel the Byron Bay coastline.

Down the road, council contractors were removing trees fallen over the weekend and ensuring all access to Clarkes Beach were closed.

Swell well above 5m was recorded this morning with gusty winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the area can expect damaging winds of 60-70km/h with gusts of more than 90km/h.

Huge seas at Byron Bay.
Huge seas at Byron Bay.

"Damaging surf, with waves exceeding 5m in the surf zone can be expected ... possibly leading to significant beach erosion," the BoM warning states.

Trees are coming down on the dunes at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.
Trees are coming down on the dunes at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.

"Abnormally high tides are expected along the coast north from about Ballina during this morning's high tide, which may lead to localised coastal inundation.

"The combination of Damaging Surf and Abnormally High Tides may enhance the risk of significant beach erosion north from about Ballina."

Waves pummel the Byron Bay coastline.
Waves pummel the Byron Bay coastline.

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