Photo Gallery: Adelaide Bands Together In Darkness

Our statewide blackout was something; equal parts special, confusing, scary and unifying. Have a look at this incredible gallery.

Last was something; equal parts special, confusing, scary and unifying.

It had been 54 years since South Australia experienced our last statewide blackout. There were plenty of warning signs, but perhaps we’ve learned that warnings over-estimate what might happen to help us prepare for the worst. Photography from earlier in the day indicated that the storm was particularly intense.

Wild weather at Rundle mall +BlackOut! #adelaideblackout

A video posted by Rehany (@rehany_maharani) on

We can confirm that power is out across the state. Stay safe everyone 📸 by @windeb67

A photo posted by Glam Adelaide (@glamadelaide) on

Just starting to rain here in #clare #clarevalley 🌧🌩🌪crazy weather event!

A photo posted by Georgie (@globaldetour) on

Sure, the wind and rain were intense, but little did we know what was happening up North. For all the posturing, it’s realistic to say that the only people who understand why the power to the entire State was cut are the people who were working so hard to restore it. Reports from the ABC indicated that winds had toppled over 20 transmission towers in the state’s north, tripping the interconnector with Victoria and shutting off power to the entire state. There were also suggestion that lightning had struck some key infrastructure, that flooding may have played a factor. The speculation was rife.

There would have been people stuck in lifts. Emergency services were run off their feet and additional stress placed upon those in our hospitals and caring for others. Within a hour, police could be found at almost every intersection directing traffic as best they could.

Thank you to the first responders, from everyone in #southaustralia

A photo posted by badstance (@badstance) on

Here’s s pretty #shittypic of #lightning #forking over #portadelaide 😊 #storm

A photo posted by Ashlyn Johnson (@johnsonashlyn) on

Watching Adelaide walk home in the rain ☔⚡🌁☁ #SApoweroutage Photo @amyrosecreative

A photo posted by Amy Rose Creative (@amyrosecreative) on

“Don’t worry, I am here!” -Police #adelaideblackout #police #SAblackout

A photo posted by Rehany (@rehany_maharani) on

Dinner by Candlelight, supplied by Propaganda Club.

Dinner by Candlelight, supplied by Propaganda Club.

Meanwhile, considering the stresses, Adelaide’s atmosphere was unlike anything you could have experienced. Care for each other took precedent, a strange sense of patience and understanding that this was out of our hands and our focus had to shift to getting through it together rather than becoming overwhelmed. The buzz of the city hushed to a quiet din and in amongst it all, uniquely displays of determination emerged.

It’s lit, bro #asapferg #afterdark

A photo posted by Governor Hindmarsh (@lovethegov) on

We’re all braced for another round of wild weather today. Some were likening the conditions to a cyclone, others proclaiming it ‘A Once In 50-year Storm’. However we all reflect upon the last 24 hours, it was truly heartening to know that when presented with such a circumstance, Adelaide pulled together. To those still experiencing power outages, we wish them all the best. A little break from normality can help shift our perspective to what’s truly important. And if this gallery proves anything, we place our importance on the people around us.


A photo posted by Alan (@alabtrab) on

Tonight’s essentials 😐🍷🔥⛈ #blackout #southaustralia #storm #adelhills #birdinhand #SAGreat #grunerveltliner #rosé

A photo posted by Bird In Hand Winery (@birdinhandwine) on

Adelaide CBD looked pretty eerie in the blackout #adelaideblackout

A photo posted by dennika rose (@younggvolcano) on

Ready for round 2

A photo posted by Sam Clark (@_cvrsed) on

If you have pictures you’d like to share with us, use the #GlamAdelaide hashtag or tag us on Instagram.

If you require immediate assistance, best to buzz the SES on 132 500 for flood and storm response. And in an emergency, always call 000.

Severe weather warnings are available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau of Meteorology website at or call 1300 659 215. BOM and State Emergency Service will broadcast updates regularly.

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