A large sinkhole edging dangerously close to a central Florida home has forced a family to move out.

Officials say the sinkhole opened up Thursday morning, swallowing four trees and a hammock, just feet away from the sliding glass door at the rear of a home in Windermere, an Orlando suburb.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials told the Orlando Sentinel a resident spotted the 30-metre diameter sinkhole when she went outside to walk her dog.

The newspaper reports the hole was about 15-metres deep behind a row of houses in the subdivision.

The family of six, two parents and four children, moved out of the house they had been renting for two months on Thursday. Officials said nearby homeowners were notified that their homes could be in danger if the sinkhole expands. Another family has already left their home.