Powerful winds are striking across the state, lifting roofs off houses, toppling trees and even sending a caravan rolling into a paddock.
There are 30 power outages across SA, affecting 5848 customers as of 7.30pm.
As the Bureau of Meteorology warns people to take care, the wild weather is already keeping emergency services busy.
Just after 2pm today a caravan being towed by a car on Callington Rd at Strathalbyn rolled into a paddock.
Parts of the caravan, which was destroyed in the incident, were strewn across the paddock.
A tractor was brought in to remove it.
If you come across fallen powerlines, keep clear and report them to SA Power Networks on 13 13 66.
Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
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Strong winds also got the better of a trampoline at Seaford this afternoon.
At about 3.10pm, a large trampoline at a Neptune Rd property was lifted into the air and hit powerlines.
Neighbour Dwan Williams, 36, took a picture of the trampoline hanging from the powerlines.
“We heard a massive bang and realised there was a massive trampoline sitting right outside our window,” she said.
“It was very windy.”
CFS crews were also sent to Mawson Rd, Meadows about 3.20pm in response to reports that a roof had lifted off a house and fallen on to the road.
The wind also pushed over three boats on dry moorings at the Robe Marina.
Andrew Lawrie, 64, of Robe, said strong gusts knocked over the vessels at about 4pm.
“The wind picked the first one up and pushed that over and… that’s what would have knocked the other one over,” he said.
The third boat was over the other side of the marina.
The nearby fish factory also lost part of its roof in the wild weather.
The BOM says this afternoon’s weather is expected to be “one of the strongest cold fronts so far this winter”.
It has issued a severe weather warning for the Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, Kangaroo Island, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of West Coast and Flinders districts.
Strong winds on the eastern side of the Mount Lofty Ranges are stirring up dust that is apparent on the satellite loop. The dust is originating from the cross in the image and extending southeastwards over western parts of the #Riverland and #Murraylands pic.twitter.com/btLfw4itSN
— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) July 10, 2019
“The front will bring damaging winds, squally showers and thunderstorms to much of the southern half of the State,” the BOM says.
“Strong to damaging northwest to westerly winds, averaging 50-70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90km/h are expected about southern coastal districts and also about the Mount Lofty Ranges this morning, then extend across the remainder of the warning area during the afternoon.
“For southern parts of the warning area, there is also a risk of locally destructive winds with gusts in excess of 125km/h, associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms near the cold front.”
Severe weather warnings and road alerts are in place as a strong storm front strikes across a large part of SA.
In Adelaide, the strongest winds and heaviest rains were predicted to strike from mid-afternoon and into the evening.
Ahead of the front hitting, managers of the national electricity system took measures to safeguard SA from another major blackout.
The Australian Energy Market Operator limited the flow of power on SA’s connection to Victoria, and was set to order local power stations to fire up and make SA more self-sufficient for supply.
During the 2016 statewide blackout, SA went dark after a major storm triggered a series of events including failure of the Victorian interconnector.
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