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Thousands still without power in SA as wild weather takes toll

SA Power Networks have reported 104 outages across the state, still affecting 10,875 customers following wild weather in South Australia.

South Australia is grappling with the aftermath of wild weather that has left over 10,000 customers still without electricity.

SA Power Networks have reported 104 outages across the state, affecting 10,875 customers. The severe weather conditions, including strong winds, lightning, and heavy rain, have caused widespread power disruptions in various areas.

Efforts are underway to restore power to the affected regions, with crews working tirelessly to address the outages. SA Power Networks have said its priority is to ensure the safety of the public by securing downed power lines and then restoring electricity to essential services such as hospitals. Following this, efforts will focus on returning power to as many customers as possible in the shortest time frame.

SA Power Networks emphasised yesterday in a Facebook post that the source of power, whether solar, wind, or fossil fuels, is not responsible for the outages. Instead, the severe weather conditions are the primary factors behind the disruptions. Fallen trees, damage to power lines, and lightning strikes are among the external factors affecting the power supply.

Over the weekend, South Australia experienced intense weather conditions, with winds reaching speeds of up to 93 km/h in areas like Sellicks Hill and Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island recording winds of up to 102 km/h.

The state also saw substantial rainfall yesterday, with Adelaide’s West Terrace recording over 19.2mm of rain, while Snowtown in SA’s Mid North received a remarkable 33.8mm of rainfall.

Although the weather has calmed in some parts of the state, flood warnings remain in effect. A Final Flood Watch is in place for the Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, Flinders, West Coast, and North West Pastoral Districts. This watch provides early alerts about possible flooding in these areas.

The situation is expected to improve as a low-pressure trough over the northeast of South Australia weakens and moves eastward, while a low-pressure system develops over the Bight.

While flooding is no longer anticipated in several catchments, some flood impacts may persist in the coming days.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) also reported multiple grass fires in the Coorong National Park, adding to the challenges posed by the ongoing severe weather.

Yesterday 20 CFS volunteers on 7 trucks assisted by two National Parks and Wildlife Quick Response Vehicles and multiple Farm Fire Units were used to contain the fires, burning in the sand dunes between the coastal fringes and the Princess Highway.

Residents are urged to stay informed about the changing situation through various channels, including television, radio, internet, and mobile phones, and to follow safety instructions provided by relevant authorities.

To stay up to date with any Bureau of Meteorology warnings head here, or head to the CFS website here.

You can also visit the SA Power Networks outage map here.

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