27 Oct 2021, 5:00 PM UTC
Severe thunderstorms hit South Australia, SES receives hundreds of callouts
Lightning, giant hail and heavy rains have hit parts of South Australia, causing flash flooding and damage across the state, forcing the closure of a number of schools. A severe thunderstorm warning for the Adelaide region has been cancelled, but a severe weather warning for damaging winds remains in place for most of the state. South Australia's State Emergency Service has so far been called out to more than 300 incidents across the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas and metropolitan Adelaide. Bureau of Meteorology South Australia forecaster Jenny Horvat said the wild weather began yesterday. "We have seen a trough of low pressure that started across the state yesterday and produced some gusty thunderstorms and we are still seeing the effects of that trough currently in our north-east pastoral districts," Ms Horvat said. "Further south now we are seeing a developing low-pressure system, which has been driving some thunderstorms overnight and this morning. "We have seen some large hail with those thunderstorms around Eyre Peninsula and as that has moved across to the east. We have also seen some large hail about Yorke Peninsula and moving to north of Adelaide as well, and we do have some current warnings out for those storms." Ms Horvat said the thunderstorms would continue in waves throughout the day. Conditions in the state's South East are also expected to deteriorate later in the day. "We are seeing waves of thunderstorms moving across the metropolitan area, so they are coming across from Eyre Peninsula so we are still seeing some thunderstorm activity there," she said. "[Storms are] also progressing across Yorke Peninsula into the metropolitan area and continuing east into the Murraylands and we will see waves of these storms coming across throughout the day." At 9:05am severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Ardrossan and Curramulka on the Yorke Peninsula and hit the Adelaide area just after 10am. At 9:50am severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Elizabeth and Salisbury and were moving towards the south-east. A third round of storms hit Elizabeth, Salisbury, Adelaide, Glenelg, Noarlunga, and Hallett Cove shortly after. Just after 1pm, the Department of Education announced eight public schools had closed due to power outages and/or flooding: Birdwood High School Birdwood Primary School Karoonda Area School Mount Pleasant Primary School Salisbury High School Salisbury North Primary School Springton Primary School Torrens Valley Children's Centre A picture posted on Twitter by Labor MP Lee Odenwalder showed a blanket of hail across the car park of the Elizabeth Vale Shopping Centre. Mr Odenwalder described it as a "winter wonderland". The State Emergency Service advised people to secure loose items, move cars undercover, stay clear of fallen power lines and to stay indoors and away from windows while storms are nearby. SA Power Networks said about 2,500 homes in the Mount Pleasant area were without power. Statewide, more than 6,000 customers are without power including some outages on the Yorke and Eyre Peninsula.