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Winds lash city

Tuesday, 20th September, 2011

DAMAGE: A branch fell in North Parkʼs dog off-leash area. DAMAGE: A branch fell in North Parkʼs dog off-leash area.

By Kurtis Eichler

 Gale-force winds up to 70km/h took the roofs off two buildings and sent branches and dust flying across the city yesterday.

The Weather Channel’s senior meteorologist, Dick Whitaker, said the gusts came in from the north and increased in speed throughout the day.

At 9am the winds were at 50km/h and by 1pm they had increased to 70km/h.

Six State Emergency Service workers battled the howling winds as they tried to fix tarp over one house in Rowe Street and another in Rakow Street.

“It was mainly sheets of iron coming off roofs,” said the SES’s Trevor Gaiter.

“It’s been fairly strong but I was expecting that we’d get a bit more out of it.”

He said working in strong gusts was hard.

“If you’re trying to do tarping, the tin can move around pretty well.”

Today’s forecast is for a drop in temperature and wind speed.

 

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