["The Weather in the Country", The West Australian, Monday 30 March 1896, page 3]
THE WEATHER IN THE COUNTRY.
WILLY WILLY AT CONDON.
NINE INCHES OF BAIN.
THE COUNTEY FLOODED.
The Postmaster-General received on Saturday the following telegram from the postmaster at Condon with reference to the willy-willy of Friday night last.
Condon, March 28.
A severe willy-willy occurred here last night, doing considerable damage. The wind was accompanied by heavy rain. It commenced to blow at 2 p.m. on Friday, the velocity of the wind gradually increasing till it reached a terrific gale, which lasted for five hours, during which time the Condon Hotel and goods-sheds were totally destroyed. Steeles and Co.'s and Tiffany and Co.'s premises suffered considerable damage, while a private house near the telegraph office was totally demolished. No damage was done to Government property. The country is in a flooded state. We have been unable up to the present to hunt up horses. The Broome line is apparently down. Every care will be taken to restore communication as speedily as possible. The total rainfall was 9.20in. The weather is now moderating. Great anxiety is felt here in consequence of the non-arrival of the Maggie Gollan, a schooner from Cossack, which vessel left port on Wednesday last, and is some days overdue.