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Firefighters and Emergency workers tackle largest storm to hit South Australia

Firefighters and Emergency workers tackle largest storm to hit South Australia

Severe weather conditions have continued to lash South Australia for the second day in a row, leaving the entire state without electricity overnight (28 September).

More than 100,000 lightning strikes were recorded as electricity generation facilities were damaged. High winds also managed to topple over more than 20 transmission towers and authorities were only able to restore power to Adelaide by 3am local time (5pm GMT), while remote rural areas remained cut off. For some time the entire state was without power.

Earlier in the day, wind gusts of 83 kilometres per hour slammed Port Augusta at the top of the Eyre Peninsula. Lightning has struck across the state ahead of a cold front.

SES chief officer Chris Beattie said the severe storm conditions would place “extreme strain on local response capacity but we have done pre-planning around our ability to surge”.
“We’ve got four strike teams on standby from the Metropolitan Fire Service,” he said.

“We’ve got strike teams on standby from the Country Fire Service. We have two strike teams being made available to us from Western Australia that are currently inbound and we’re looking to have them infield, on operations tomorrow.”

Top Image from  of a storm moving through Woomera.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor