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Accompanied by heavy rain, last evening tho wind, which had commenced to blow earlier in the day. increased quickly in volume, and almost approached the dimensions of a galo. Fortunately, however, it was short-lived, but had it been of longer duration, much serious damage might have been caused. No serious losses are reported, although many minor damages have been caused. The plate-glass window in that portion of Messrs Kories ter and Co.’s premises facing Dowling street was blown in, and immediately afterwards tho large window fronting Princes street came crashing in to tho pavement. Tho remaining sheet of glass in tho doorway was removed, otherwise it would most likely have been blown out also. It is reported that a man who was passing by at the time was cut by the falling pieces of glass. Tho Telegraph Superintendent informed ns this morning that no wires had been blown down in tho Dunedin district, and that telegraph in communication was being carried on as usual. There was no direct communication between Christchurch and Wellington, except by one wire via tho West coast. In Wellington the gale was particularly fierce, and a little before midnight, when it had reached its maximum, had attained a velocity at limes of 60 miles per hour. A good deal of damage wins done, fences being blown down, electric lights and telephone wires disorganised, and in some cases iron being lifted off roofs. The shipping anchored in the stream got well tossed about, but all came through unscathed. except tho schooner Falcon, which dragged her anchors and drifted some distance till she was brought up near one of the coal hulks. Some of tho small coastal steamers were reported to have sought shelter at various points along tho Cook Strait coasts from the fury of tho wind which swept through tho strait. The Telegraph Office reported a .good deal of interruption to the lines north and south.

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LAST NIGHT’S WIND, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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LAST NIGHT’S WIND Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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