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article imageSunshine Coast of Australia gets a blanket of sea foam (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jan 29, 2013 in Environment
Burleigh Heads - After extreme weather and floods in Australia, the Sunshine and Gold Coast has now been blanketed with several feet of "sea foam," astonishing local residents and tourists.
The huge swathes of foam were whipped up by high winds and then thrown on to the shore in eastern Australia, surprising residents, tourists and emergency services alike.
Apparently this sea foam forms when powerful storms force the water into the air before it reaches the beachfront. There have been videos emerging of cars trying to navigate through the thick, almost "snow-like" foam in Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland.
As can be seen from the video, the foam has provided beach-goers with a great new "Kodak moment", but has also, unfortunately had serious consequences for local businesses, affected by the travel chaos.
Emergency services are urging both residents and tourists to cancel all non-essential travel, as the foam reaches three meters high at its peak.
ABC News is reporting on an incident on January 27, when two traffic officers narrowly escape injury over the weekend, as a car emerged unexpectedly from the sea foam, which can be seen in the amateur video below:
Australia is really suffering as dozens of residents have been stranded by severe flooding in northeast Australia recently. Extreme weather has also killed three people and thousands of homes have been affected.
In Queensland and neighboring New South Wales, thousands have evacuated their homes after widespread flood warnings in the southern path of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald. Some Queensland residents are experiencing their third flood in only two years, which includes the devastating flood in 2001 which killed 35 people.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement that the "wild weather had broken a lot of hearts."
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