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A TERRIFIC CYCLONE.

DAMAGE IN THE NARRABRI

DISTRICT.

LOSS OF LIFE.

A MAN KILLED BY LIGHTNING.

HOUSES DEMOLISHED.

BUSINESS PREMISES WRECKED. MANY BUILDINGS UNROOFED.

DETAILS OF LOSSES.

NARRABRI, Saturday.

One of the most severe cyclones—almost equal to that of last year, when it was estimated that £4000   worth of damage was done—passed over the town         this afternoon. The weather throughout the day       was oppressive and the sky overcast. About 3.40   p. m. there were indications of a severe storm in the   west, and lightning accompanied by heavy claps of   thunder, followed almost immediately. The residents   became alarmed, and windows doors, &c., were   securely fastened down, preparations being made for

the worst.

Immense clouds of dust were noticed coming from     the west and the roaring of the wind and the peals   of thunder almost made many of the residents panic  

stricken, some people taking refuge in places that     they considered were the safest.

When the full force of the storm reached the town   it carried before it almost every conceivable article that was movable. Hail fell with terrific force, and rain amounting to almost 60 points fell within a short

space of time

Houses were unroofed, some being completely levelled to the ground.

THE RESIDENTS ALMOST PANIC

STRICKEN

The storm only lasted about five minutes. People   were almost panic-stricken. At the northern end of the town many places suffered considerably, in some instances only chimneys being left. This portion of thoetown also suffered terrible damage during the   cyclone of 1809.

Mr. E. Rooney's residence, a four roomed cottage was completely wrecked, also his detached kitchen

and store

Mr. W. T. Ground's residence of four rooms   suffered considerably, the roof being blown off and the furniture destroyed. The fencing, outhouses,   &c., were also blown down.    

Mr. T. Nation's residence suffered considerably, all the windows being smashed and the outhouses

blown down.

Mr. F. Tribe's place was damaged to a great ex   tent, the verandah being completely carried away,   The whole of the structure was twisted a good deal.  

Mr. A. Tindall's premises suffered considerably, the doors being completely blown away.

Mrs. Knight's had a roof blown off, and her furniture  

was ruined.    

A house, the property of Mr. G. Smith, was com pletely demolished, besides many trees in the

street.

Mr. Henry Perrett suffered the loss of a chimney,   a verandah &c. Another place belonging to the same person was completely unroofed, the chimney   and kitchen being levelled to the ground.

A hayshed of Dr. Segol was blown down. Nearly   all of the telegraph posts and wires at this portion of  

the town were also blown down.

Mr. H. G. Spencer had the roof of his house blown off, damage to the private residence and shop being   estimated at £150. A good deal of fencing was also   destroyed

Mr. E. W. Carrington's store suffered consider-   ably , tho windows being broken tho verandah blown down, and most of the stock destroyed.  

Mr. F. W. Tranter's business premises and stores   suffered to a great extent. The roof was blown off   both places. The estimated damage in this case is

£300

Mr. J. Fardill, grocer, had the windows of his   premises smashed, the roof was partly taken off, and considerable damage was done to the stock. A house   on the opposite side of the street was almost com pletely wrecked, the roof and verandah being de    

molished.  

The workshops of Messrs. Boake Brothers, coach   builders, were blown down, several sulkies and bug-  

gies being destroyed.  

Mr. H. Panton's residence suffered considerably   The chimneys and the roof were blown down.

Mr. H. Locke's blacksmith shop was partly blown     down and his private residence was unroofed.

DAMAGE IN TOWN

In Narrabri proper a good deal of damage was done Mr. E. V. Coleman s shop, a two story building in Maitland street, had the roof completely   blown away. The windows in the shop were smashed, and considerable damage was done to the

stock.

The roof of Mr. M. Hardy's business premises was   taken off. The old buildings at the side of Mr. C. Wall's Commercial Hotel were completely unroofed   Mr. J. Turner's stables were unroofed and Mr. E.   H. Wall's premises were partly unroofed.

The Commercial Hotel occupied by Mr. W. Con- way had the roof partly removed and the chimney   blown down, the estimated damage being £150.

The windows in the local post office were blown in. Mr. W. H. Coleman's hotel also suffered con-   siderably, the stables at the rear being blown down.  

The goods shed at the local railway station was blown down and a couple of trucks were removed

from the rails.

Mr. S. Faulkner's premises were damaged con-    

siderably.

Reports from the outlying districts are not yet to hand. The telegraph lines along the railway line on the eastern side of the town are blown down and greatly damaged.

A MAN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

Mr. W. Herbert, a man employed by Mr. E. H. Wall, was killed near Narrabri by lightning.  

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