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A CYCLONE IN TUMBULGUM

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MURWILLUMBAH.

A REMARKABLE WHIRLWIND.

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The Brisbane Courier Monday 27 February 1893, page 3

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Februarv 23.

The weather is still very showery here, with
floating patches of sunshine. The rainfall for
the present year has been 54- 59in on thirty
three days. The greater portion of this fall
took place during the present month, no less

than 40-33in being recorded during nineteen
days. Mr John Burke, of Tygalgah has lost
10 acres of maize, a splendid crop, 3 1/2 acres of
panieum, and ¿50 worth of oaten hay , and
Mr E Twohill, of Kynnumboon about 40
acres of maize. A narrow escape fiom drown-
ing took place on Sunday. Mr C Jarvie ,
bringing in the mail by coach fiom Brunswick,
was swimming his horses through Black ‘s
Creek, from which the bridge was washed by
the previous flood, when they were carried out
through the mouth of the creek into the river,
and only rescued with great difficulty.

On Friday afternoon last the residents of
Tumbulgum were startled by a sound like
thunder, and looking in the direction of Terra
nora Hills, they saw limbs and leaves of
trees carried hundreds of feet into the air,
by a violent cyclone. Shortly afterwards it
swept down on the lower end of Tumbulgum,
where it caught up a bullock, lifting him 10ft

or 12ft into the air. Fortunately the full
force of the wind did not strike any of the
houses, or they would have been torn to frag
ments. Part of Mr Page’s store, part of Mr

Ritchie’s old store and a portion of a house
occupied by Mr Hockins, which were struck
by the outer current, were unroofed and torn
down, the iron and timber being carried many
feet up into the air. The telegraph wire was
cut in two by a flying sheet of iron, and a tele
graph pole erected near Boyd’s Hotel was torn
from the ground and dropped in the middle of
the river. From Tumbulgum the cyclone

crossed the river, lapping up the water and
carrying it fully 100ft. into the air. It then
proceeded towards tho Tygalgah bank, totally
demolishing the residence of Mr T. Dinsey,
and also tho outbuildings and back part of an
uninhabited house belonging to Mr T Kyle
It wrecked Mr T Campbell’s dairy, uprooted a
couple of trees near Mr P Smith’s residence,
and then crossed to South Murwillumbah,

where it tore up the water on the submerged
flats, sending it along with large trees skyward
in a manner completely terrifying to the
observer. At Tumbulgum, after the cyclone
was over, sheets of iron whioh did not belong to
the place were picked up, and it is supposed
that they were brought from the Terranora
Hills. It is interesting to note that on the
morning of the same day a somewhat similar
phenomenon was experienced at Gladstone,
Redcliffe Sandgate, and Garden Island, near
Redland Bay –

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