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Galeforce Winds Hit SA


Gale-force winds have torn across South Australia with heavier downpours expected today in some areas.

Overnight Strath recorded a wind gust of 90 km/h. Earlier in the day, around 12.30pm on Thursday, wind gusts of 109 km were recorded in the town. Just after 1.30pm Hindmarsh Island also recorded 93 km/h.

State Duty Officer with the SES Robert Charlton said teams have responded to around 100 incidents on Thursday; mostly for trees down at Strathalbyn, Port Elliot, Finniss and Hindmarsh Valley, and around a dozen incidents this morning, as of 8.30am Friday.

He said Strathalbyn copped the brunt of the wild weather with calls from residents who have had water tanks and a motorhome blown away.

There has been some water over roads around Oakbank as well.

Update 11:04am Friday - Cancellation of Severe Weather WarningFor people in Mount Lofty Ranges, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East and North East Pastoral districts.Weather Situation: A low pressure system to the south is moving eastwards, with cold fronts moving to the north of the low..Severe weather is no longer occurring in South Australia.Further showers, locally heavy at times, and gusty winds are likely to continue, however are not expected to exceed severe criteria.The immediate threat of severe weather has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

The SES advises that people should:

  • Keep clear of fallen power lines;
  • Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
  • Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

For more information and up to date information from the bureau, head to their website via bom.gov.au

Photo of SES members removing tree from Main Street of Murray Bridge during severe weather on Thursday by Jennie Lenman, ARN