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Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club loses roof as storm hits Adelaide

Saturday July 7, 2018 - 13:06 EST
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The roof missing from the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. - ABC

Severe winds ripped off a huge section of roof from the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club and thousands are without power in Adelaide after stormy weather hit the area overnight.

Winds reached 93 kilometres per hour at Adelaide Airport and Edithburgh, and 115kph at Mt Gambier when the storm came through.

Some of the surf club's roof ended up in sandhills nearly 100 metres away and part of the club's veranda was dumped in the carpark.

Club president Paul Hibbird said he was grateful no-one was inside at the time.



"It looks likes something like one of those mini tornadoes has come through and hit the club — the club house only — it hasn't done any damage to anyone else, and we've lost the roof of the club," Mr Hibbird said.

He said he was hoping for dry weather this morning as preparations begin for a temporary fix.



"At the moment, if it rains, we'll lose all the ceilings inside but no-one was here last night, no-one got hurt, the building we can rebuild, so that's the main thing," he said.

"It's winter time now but we'll be shut down for a few months now.

"It's a bit depressing now, I must admit that."

The incident was among about 50 jobs the SES responded to overnight.

At Grange, parts of a shed roof were blown away, with iron sheets and timber damaging surrounding property and impaling a car windscreen.

About 3,500 homes are now without power in patches across Adelaide and Mt Gambier, after peaking at 8,000 early this morning.

The Glenelg tram stopped running for an hour and a half along Jetty Road between Moseley Square and Brighton Road, where traffic lights are out.

The highest rainfall was 22 millimetres at Mt Lofty.


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