Blayney and Millthorpe residents spent the weekend sharing horror stories as they mopped up from a wild storm on Friday afternoon that left a trail of destruction in the area. The EXTRAORDINARY storm, which some locals described as THE WORST THEY HAD SEEN FOR 50 YEARS, swept though the area and dumped eight inches of hail on rooftops before being followed by gale-force winds and heavy rain. The damage included collapsed ceilings, shredded gardens, knocked down trees and destroyed crops. “I have been here around 50 years and this is the worst storm I have ever seen. The water was just so intense, there was about eight to 10 inches of hail on our flat roof and it was probably four inches deep on the pitched roof. We’ve just never seen anything like that before the whole time we’ve lived here.”
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