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Storms hit Great Southern town of Karlgarin

Wednesday January 16, 2013 - 17:55 EDT
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The local school destroyed by storms - ABC

Residents in the small Wheatbelt town of Karlgarin say a storm which flattened some buildings and ripped roofs off others was the town's worst in decades.

The storm brought heavy wind gusts of up to 90 km an hour yesterday evening, leaving about 1,000 people in Karlgarin and surrounding areas without power.

The local shire estimates 90 per cent of the town's buildings have been damaged.

Local farmer Todd Fotheringham says it was a scary experience.

"Dad, myself and a couple of electricians were working in the feed shed and then we saw the storm coming," he said.

"The feed shed is right next to some large trees and they were starting to crack down around us, so the electricians were hiding in the grain bucket because they were worried the shed was going to blow down.'

Nigel Elliott from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services says nearby crews have been called in to help with the clean-up.

"We have sent local crews from the nearest brigade of Hyden to go and assist at that community," he said.

"They have reported that around about eight buildings have lost roofs, which include the post office, school and also a series of dongas in a local caravan park.

"The storm front was reported to be approximately about 10 km wide and was fairly localised in regards to its destructive winds and rain.


- ABC

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