Damaging winds batter the Murraylands

The State Emergency Service is warning locals to be mindful of wild weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.

SES volunteers have been active throughout South Australia this week, including on this street in Adelaide’s east. Photo: SA State Emergency Service/Facebook.

Wild weather will continue to batter the Murraylands over the next few days, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

Murray Bridge’s State Emergency Service unit has had several call-outs since Friday: to fallen trees on the Princes Highway at Wellington East, Ferries McDonald Road at Monarto South and Adelaide Road in Murray Bridge; as well as Sunday’s fatal road crash on the Dukes Highway.

Damaging winds are forecast to keep blowing through the region today and tomorrow, despite a welcome splash of sunshine and milder temperature.

A trough is likely to pass over the Murraylands on Tuesday afternoon and evening, followed by a strong cold front on Wednesday morning.

Winds of 50 to 65 kilometres per hour, with gusts of up to 100km/h, are expected from the north and northwest on Tuesday, and the west on Wednesday.

State Emergency Service chief of staff Graeme Wynwood urged everyone to prepare accordingly.

“Loose items around your property, such as trampolines and outdoor furniture, can become airborne in these windy conditions, so make sure to secure and put them away to prevent damage to your property or your neighbours’ property,” he said.

“We can expect more trees down, (so) take steps to stay safe, such as parking cars under cover and well away from trees.”

He thanked SES volunteers and staff across the state for their extraordinary work.

  • Get help with storm damage: Call 132 500 or, in a life-threatening emergency, 000.

  • More information: www.bom.gov.au.

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