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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

IDS65503
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
South Australia Regional Office

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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in the Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of the West Coast and North East Pastoral districts.

Issued at 2:24 pm Wednesday, 30 July 2014.

A strong front will move across the State on Thursday. The front is forecast to reach Port Lincoln to Mount Gambier by about 9-10 am, the Adelaide area around midday, then move through the Mid North and Riverland during the afternoon.

Damaging northwest winds around 50-70 km/h with gusts to 110 km/h are forecast for parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges and southern coastal districts from early Thursday, extending throughout the warning area during the day ahead of the front. The stronger winds are most likley to affect the higher parts and eastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Localised damaging westerly winds with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are also expected near and following the passage of the front, mostly with squally showers or thunderstorms and in the South East.

Locations which may be affected on Thursday include Adelaide, Mount Barker, Victor Harbor, Port Lincoln, Maitland, Clare, Keith and Mount Gambier.

A second front with further squally showers, small hail and thunder will move across the south and east of the State early Friday. Conditions will ease considerably later on Friday.

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.

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