Wild winds bat­ter farm

Countryman - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Michael and Pippa Mur­phy have de­scribed the mo­ment wild weather tore through their farm as ter­ri­fy­ing.

The cou­ple were at their Lower King home a week ago when cy­clone-strength winds howled through their 100-acre farm leav­ing mass de­struc­tion in its path.

Mr Mur­phy said it was without doubt the worst storm and dam­age they had ex­pe­ri­enced in 30 years of liv­ing there.

“There is no other way to de­scribe it other than a mini tor­nado — it lasted around five or 10 min­utes but left a trail of de­struc­tion,” he said.

“We thought we were go­ing to lose the front of the house. I hope I never have to live through any­thing like this again.”

The strong winds up­rooted many 30-year-old trees, de­stroyed gar­dens and caused the cou­ple’s shed to cave in.

A tree also fell on the car­port just a me­tre from the roof of the house. The cou­ple’s drive­way is now lined with fallen trees and com­pletely in­ac­ces­si­ble.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mike Mur­phy said it was like a ‘mini tor­nado’ howled through their farm.

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