Powerful waves and winds have caused two homes to collapse – and left several others severely damaged – on a US beach.
The late two-day winter storm swept into New England, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas and sending tides crashing into the northeastern coastline of Massachusetts amid flood warnings.
High seas washed away the dune from underneath some properties, compromising their foundations and rendering them a danger to the public.
One couple on Plum Island watched the ocean wash away the foundations of their summer residence on Annapolis Way.
“High tide last night just eroded away the foundation on the side of the house, and that just couldn’t take it anymore,” said Stephen Bresnahan.
“It’s an emotional, very important, emotional part of our lives.”
His wife added: “My children have been here in the summer. We got engaged here in the summer.”
An empty house nearby was also ripped from its foundations and collapsed into the sea.
Some roads in coastal towns were flooded with up to 3ft of water.
Flooding at the morning high tide closed some coastal roads north and south of Boston.
Other parts of New England experienced nearly 2ft of snow – wreaking havoc on the roads and causing some motorists to be left stranded.
Schools were also affected and were either forced to close or delay opening.
National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said it was like a “conveyor belt of wave after wave of snow” coming in.