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Adelaide hit with strong winds and rain as South Australia's wild winter weekend continues

Sunday August 6, 2017 - 14:53 EST

After dodging the brunt of wild weather overnight, Adelaide has been battered by strong winds and rain as severe weather moves across parts of South Australia.

Thunderstorms, hails and rain descended upon the city and Mount Lofty Ranges where wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour are forecast.

Wind gusts of 80 kilometres per hour were recorded at Adelaide Airport.

Thousands of people lining up outside Adelaide Oval for security checks ahead of the AFL Showdown between local rivals the

A Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall remained in place at 3:00pm for Adelaide and the Mt Lofty Ranges, Yorke and Eyre peninsulas, the Mid-North, Riverland and South-East.

Senior forecaster Tom Boeck said an intense low-pressure system was moving across the state.

"It covers much of the agricultural area of South Australia for the potential for some damaging winds and again, they look like being peaking towards the later part of the morning and into the afternoon as the low-pressure system moves closer to South Australia," he said.

All ferry services between Kangaroo Island and Cape Jervis have been cancelled.

Mr Boeck said flash flooding could occur in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

"Rainfall totals through that area could peak in the sort of 30 to 60 millimetre mark by the time we get to the end of the day," he said.

Sandbags were on offer at six SES units in Adelaide and Mount Barker.

Conditions calmer than expected overnight

Heavy weather hit the state's west on Saturday but the capital city did not get battered

Between midnight and 8:30am the SES responded to just nine calls, although it had responded to more than 60 in the 24 hours to 8:30am.

The SES issued a watch and act messages for damaging winds and advised residents in the Adelaide Hills to stay indoors and away from windows while storms were occurring on Sunday.

The wild weather is expected to clear by Monday.


© ABC 2017

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