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Cyclone in New Caledonia.

- * f New Caledonian papers report the occurrence of a frightful cyclone on the 4th ihst., which raged with such violence ( in Noumea that all business was sus(j^ndecl, and the inhabitants were in continual feftu o* seeing houses, blown away by tlie violence of the hurri* cane, which came up frbri> the south-east, increasing in velocity from four in the morning until mid-day, when it abated for a time. Roofs were blown off, sheets of zinc went hurtling through the air in aji directions, frail constructions were swept (Waylike so much cardboard. Stronger dwellings created anc| groaned like living things in agony, and by the afternoon the aspect of the town was pne of 4esq}atiqi£ The very newspapers were unable to appear, for at any moment the offices, machines, compositors, printers, and oa§e§ 'of type' might become a mass of "pye. The sacristy of the Church of the Conception was ruined". Torrents of blinding rain drove people iii-doors, where they barricaded their doors and windows, anai-emainpcl in fearful apprehension of what' npgji't " t follow, Telegraphic communication with the interior was out oil 5 by the blowing down of the poles and wires, and the plantations of sugarcane and bananas, as well as the gardens outside Noumea, were completely devastated. The sea presented an appalling spectacle, and the roar of the waves beating in thunder on the shore could be heard far inland, +?he s^eameps iii harbor got up steam, and prepared for the worst,' Thfc number of casualties among the smaller (craft around the coast was very great, while two vessels which arrived' from the JiPyalfcy Islands oji the 13th instant, state that iljfe pycjone prevailed from the 3rd to the ioth fust', it i•.■:!. i.. ■] ;■ ..,!.-.:■: ■! of fury on the'Bth, '.■ ■ i-i i";::i: ■„ r cataracts and waterspouts, and drenching the unfortunate crews, who were running short of provisions, and who scarcely hoped that their vessels could live through the stress of a tempest which lasted for a whole'week. A melancholy list of maritime disasters, fttiondgd with loss of life, is reported, from ttie Interior of the '. island come tidings of floods having supervened upon the tropical rainfall. '

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Cyclone in New Caledonia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890

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Cyclone in New Caledonia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890

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