Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Another eruption of wild weather has swept across southern Australia and has brought lightning floods, devastating winds, hail and power outages to large parts of the state.

The worst thunderstorms developed around Whyalla before spreading across the state’s Mid-North and into the river basin on Saturday.

The majority of more than 120 calls to the State Emergency Service came from Riverland.

Large trees fell in the area, among other things through the roof of a classroom at Renmark Gymnasium.

SES State Duty Officer Tony Costello said three regional hospitals in Berri, Pinnaroo and Jamestown also needed help mitigating floods.

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“Three of them have actually had some form of water into the building either through the roof or through doors [due to] too much water outside is flowing in, “he said.

He said all of SES’s six Riverland units had been deployed to help through the region.

Renmark gusts over 100 km / h

A small broken tree on the side next to rain-soaked buildings in a school
Fallen trees caused extensive damage to Renmark Gymnasium.(Delivered by: Jess Farrelly)

Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Tom Boeck said Renmark Airport reported gusts of more than 100 km / h.

“There was a report from Renmark Airport’s automatic weather station on gusts of 104 km / h, it is definitely a good way into the serious area of ​​gusts,” Mr Boeck said.

He also said that Caltowie in the central north had recorded between 25 and 35 mm of rain as well as 23 mm in Port Augusta.

Dogs go hail at Meta Sindos Barmera Riverland in southern Australia
River farmers are concerned about crop damage caused by hail.(Delivered: Meta Sindos)

About 2,000 properties in the central north and more than 3,000 in Riverland and Mallee experienced power outages during the afternoon, some of which have not yet had power restored.

The hail has also raised concerns about crop damage, a week after hailstorms devastated yields across the state.

A burnt wooden truck lies on its side on a grassy plain in the country with moody skies behind
Gusts of more than 100 km / h were recorded in parts of southern Australia.(Delivered by: William Jaye)

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