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Severe weather warning issued for damaging winds

A new severe weather warning has been issued for SA, warning people to secure their properties ahead of wild winds later today.

With damaging winds developing on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for people in Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, West Coast, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North, Kangaroo Island, Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of Riverland, Murraylands, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral districts.

The warning is as follows:

Weather Situation: A broad, deep and complex low pressure system lies over waters to the south of the continent. A front associated with this system will move over southern coasts on Thursday and will result in a broadly strong to damaging northwesterly airstream with squally showers and thunderstorms developing during the morning.

A re-intensification of northwesterly winds is forecast from late Thursday morning, with southern and central parts of the state forecast to be impacted by potentially damaging winds.

DAMAGING WINDS will average 50-70 km/h at times with gusts in excess 90 km/h. Winds will peak Thursday afternoon and evening. Conditions begin to ease over western districts late Thursday afternoon and contract to elevated terrain Thursday evening and early Friday.

Squally showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop across much of the agricultural area during Thursday. Localised heavy falls are possible, particularly about the Mount Lofty Ranges on Thursday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Ceduna and Naracoorte.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your property.
* Stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am ACST Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.



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