Severe weather escalates in South Australia with damaging winds and road closures

A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for damaging winds, as parts of the State are being impacted by flooded roads and rivers.

The weather crisis in South Australia has intensified, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds, adding to the already challenging flood situation on the Eyre Peninsula. This new development, specifically targets the Mount Lofty Ranges and parts of the Adelaide Metropolitan, Mid North, and Murraylands districts.

Damaging Winds in the Adelaide Hills and Mid North

A deepening low pressure system to the north has triggered a vigorous easterly airflow over the Mt Lofty Ranges. Residents in these areas are bracing for east to southeasterly damaging winds averaging 55 to 65 km/h, with peak gusts potentially exceeding 90 km/h. These conditions, expected to be more severe on the western slopes of the hills and nearby valleys, are forecasted to begin this evening and continue until sunrise on Monday. Key locations like Adelaide, Gawler, Mount Barker, and Victor Harbor are on high alert.

The State Emergency Service has issued crucial advice for residents: move vehicles under cover, secure loose items around properties, and stay indoors away from windows during severe conditions.

Ongoing Flood Crisis on the Eyre Peninsula

In addition to the wind warning, heavy rainfall on the Eyre Peninsula, continues to impact the area significantly. Meteorologists predict widespread amounts exceeding 50mm around the Eyre Peninsula, with certain eastern regions potentially receiving over 100mm. To put this into perspective, the average December rainfall in these parts ranges from 15 to 30mm, indicating that this weekend’s rainfall could surpass two months’ worth of precipitation. Road closures are rampant, particularly affecting outback roads between Ceduna and Port Augusta, around Coober Pedy, and further north. The State Emergency Service urges residents and travelers to consult the SA Infrastructure and Transport “Outback Road Warnings” webpage and the Traffic SA website for the latest updates on road closures and conditions.

Safety and Preparedness

With both flooding and damaging winds posing threats, it’s vital for residents to stay informed and prepared. Before traveling, checking the latest road conditions, weather reports, and forecasts for rainfall and flood warnings on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website is essential. Reporting road hazards and incidents is also crucial for community safety.

As South Australia faces the combination of heavy rainfall, flooding, and now damaging winds, residents need to remain vigilant, heed warnings, follow guidance from the State Emergency Service, and stay updated through official channels.

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