Thunderstorms and damaging winds to hit Port Augusta

Port Augusta and the rest of South Australia is due to be hit by a huge storm front today, with rain, freezing temperatures and damaging winds. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning this morning that predicts winds in excess of 90km/h across the state.
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“Strong gusty northerly winds ahead of the front are expected to average 50-70 km/h at times with gusts in excess of 90 km/h. Localised damaging wind gusts are also likely with thunderstorms,” the warning says.

“Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Maitland, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta and Renmark.”

While the bureau initially issued the warning for districts on the Western side of the state, they later amended it to include all South Australian districts. It is expected to hit the Flinders, Mid North and Mount Lofty Ranges area around midday.

Emergency services are on high alert, and the SES advises the following precautions:

Ensure loose items such as outdoor furniture, garden tools and children’s play equipment (such as trampolines and cubby houses) are put away or secured.

Park vehicles undercover and away from trees.

Stay indoors and away from windows and skylights when weather conditions are severe.

Stay away from fallen powerlines (always assume fallen powerlines are live – they should be reported to SA Power Networks on 13 13 66).

Never walk, ride or drive through floodwaters.

Shelter and secure pets and other animals.

Check weather forecasts regularly and listen to local radio for updates.

WEATHER WARNING: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning predicting damaging winds and a vigorous storm front, due to hit Port Augusta and the rest of the state today.

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