NORTH COVE, Wash. - A cabin at Washaway Beach on the Washington coast that had been teetering on the edge has collapsed.
A series of weekend storms earlier this month washed away 30 feet of lawn that had separated the cabin from the Pacific Ocean. This weekend's big waves were the final straw. The cabin broke apart at about 3 a.m. Sunday.
"Late last night at about 11 o'clock it was undermined," said Justin Grant, whose parents bought the cabin in 1991. "Couldn't tell how far because it was so dark, but I think just one good wave came and took the sand underneath and brought it all the way down."
The Grant family knew their days could be numbered ever since they bought the cabin it. Back then the cabin was about 3/4 of a mile to the water.
Justin Grant says about 750 feet have eroded since July of 2009.
"It will probably be completely gone within a week, carried away by the tides," he said.
According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, Washaway Beach, Cape Showalter, has experienced the most rapid erosion on the U.S. Pacific coast. It has been eroding an average of 100 feet per year for a century.