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Strong winds damage Oldfield shed

Countryman

Kendenup farmer John Oldfield believes Sunday's winds were stronger than those of cyclone Alby which hit WA in 1978 but luckily didn't last as long.

Sunday's winds ripped the Oldfields' machinery/workshop roof off and destroyed a wall and badly damaged an oil shed.

Fortunately no machinery inside the shed was damaged but the steel roof was wrapped around a tractor and a boom spray parked outside.

Despite the destruction, there is still power to the shed but electricity to the main homestead is out and a generator is in use.

Mr Oldfield said the storm hit at 5pm and the damage happened within half an hour, including the power being lost at the home.

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His son, Ben, said the wind sounded like a jet roaring. He said he watched the storm from a neighbour's house before driving home.

Along the road into their farm, 10km west of Kendenup, there was debris from trees, some of which had been pulled out of the ground by the roots, littering the road and fences.

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