Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
South Australia Regional Office
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of the Eastern Eyre Peninsula and North East Pastoral districts.
Issued at 2:22 pm Thursday, 31 July 2014.
A strong front, located near Port Broughton to Lameroo at 2 pm, continues to move east. Squally showers in a westerly airstream to follow the front, with small hail and possible thunder developing later this afternoon and evening south of about Clare. Winds turn southwesterly early Friday as a second front moves through the south and east of the State.
Damaging northwest winds around 50-65 km/h with gusts to 110 km/h are affecting parts of the warning area ahead of the front, mostly about the higher parts of the Mid North and southern Flinders.
Localised damaging winds with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are forecast with and following the front for the rest of today and Friday morning. The damaging winds will be mostly associated with squally showers or thunderstorms, and also about the Mount Lofty Ranges and near coastal areas.
Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Kingscote, Maitland, Clare Mount Gambier, Keith and Lameroo.
Wind gusts recorded today include : 100 km/h at Mount Crawford, 96 km/h at Strathalbyn, 95 km/h at Cape Jaffa, 87 km/h at Cape Borda and 83 km/h at Keith, Renmark and Port Lincoln. Some wind damage has been reported from the Lower South East and the Mount Lofty Ranges.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your property.
* Stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5:25 pm.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 215. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.