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* GREAT DESTRUCTION OP PROPERTY. [by telegraph.] (tkeymouth, To-day. About 5.30 this morning a sort of whirlwind, from the south-west direction, went through the town, leaving its course marked by wrecked houses, chimneys blown down, verandahs and fences carried away. It first blew down a large piledriver, then wrecked most of the houses on the west side of McKay street, smashed up a new two-storey building used as a Chinese store, and opened by Wye Kee ; and blew the end out of the Great Western Hotel. The next place of importance to suffer was the English Church, one half of which was utterly smashed up, while the part left standing was twisted on the piles. The parsonage also was considerably damaged. A good deal of minor damage was done to private dwellings, until the whirlwind struck the hill, where all trace of it was lost. The last house injured was Mr Perkins’ (a lawyer), who lives on the slope of the hill. His verandah and roof were carried 50 yards away, and some of the garden trees broken. The total damage is estimated at L 4,000.

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WHIRLWIND ON THE WEST COAST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 342, 12 May 1881

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WHIRLWIND ON THE WEST COAST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 342, 12 May 1881

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