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Shocking damage as storm knocks out power for tens of thousands in Australia, smashed Adelaide

Shocking damage as storm knocks out power for tens of thousands in Australia, smashed Adelaide

Shocking damage as storm knocks out power for tens of thousands in Australia, smashed Adelaide

Shocking damage as storm smashed Adelaide

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  • Yesterday, South Australia (SA) saw more than 423,000 lightning strikes and winds of up to 106 km/h, with the Adelaide Hills and southern suburbs being the heaviest struck around 4 pm.
  • 18 341 consumers were affected by 78 outages as of 4 pm, according to SA Power Networks, and many were not anticipated to have power restored until 9 pm.
  • At around 4 pm, a woman was struck by a fallen tree on Ranelagh Street in the city.
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As SA Power Networks works to repair storm damage that resulted in blackouts impacting more than 80,000 customers across the state on Saturday, some communities won’t have electricity until at least Monday.

Yesterday, South Australia (SA) saw more than 423,000 lightning strikes and winds of up to 106 km/h, with the Adelaide Hills and southern suburbs being the heaviest struck around 4 pm.

The damage was “really extensive,” according to Paul Roberts, head of corporate affairs at SA Power Networks, and it is likely to be the biggest blackout since February 2017, when more than 90,000 Adelaide homes lost power for 45 minutes in the middle of a severe heatwave.

Just 78 outages impacting 18,341 consumers existed as of 4

“We had crews working all day on the Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula into the Mid North …, but that last (storm) cell really hammered through,” Mr. Roberts said.

“We’ve called in additional crews and they’ll work through the night, but the reality is they’ll be working for another 24 to 48 hours to repair the damage.”

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On Saturday afternoon, widespread blackouts brought on by heavy rain and thunderstorms forced the cancellation of a music festival that featured Hilltop Hoods. Westfield Marion shopping center was also affected.

18 341 consumers were affected by 78 outages as of 4 pm, according to SA Power Networks, and many were not anticipated to have power restored until 9 pm.

By 5.30 p.m., 75,188 customers were affected by 129 outages.

According to reports, a “mini-cyclone” struck the Adelaide Hills, damaging homes and bringing down large trees that were blocking roadways.

On Saturday afternoon, Kristen Stevens, 33, received a call informing her that a large tree had been uprooted in front of her Glengowrie apartment. She and her partner were visiting a family member at the time.

After racing back to her peaceful cul-de-sac, Ms. Stevens was horrified to discover that a 30-meter-tall tree had fallen directly onto a neighbor’s van, narrowly missing her Volkswagen car.

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“I was pretty shocked – I didn’t think it was going to be anywhere near as bad as it is,” said Ms. Stevens, who is due to give birth on Monday.

“The neighbor’s car is almost cut in half. It’s completely written off.

“I’ve never seen a storm like it, it’s definitely the worst storm I’ve experienced.”

The neighbor who owns the van that was destroyed wasn’t home to observe the damage, according to Ms. Stevens.

Although Ms. Stevens’ car had a few scrapes, it was generally unharmed.

“I was a little concerned because I’m pregnant, but you can drive.” Just happy that everyone is secure, she said.

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One Hills resident described houses with metal roofs flapping loosely in the wind and said the storm was “like a scythe that’s just ripped through these trees.”

A large gum tree was blocking Main Road in Blackwood, a tree had fallen outside the Duck Inn in Coromandel Valley, and a tree was blocking the Belair rail line close to Coromandel Valley.

Additionally, locals were working to clear fallen trees and branches from Light Road, Patricia Street, and McNamara Road.

At around 4 pm, a woman was struck by a fallen tree on Ranelagh Street in the city.

The victim was assisted out from under the fallen branches by an SA ambulance and MFS officers who arrived on the site.

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