Severe weather warning for damaging winds on Kangaroo Island

WEATHER WARNING: Stormy skies and a rainbow over a freshly ploughed paddock at Haines, Kangaroo Island.
WEATHER WARNING: Stormy skies and a rainbow over a freshly ploughed paddock at Haines, Kangaroo Island.

A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology predicting damaging winds remains in place for Kangaroo Island. 

SeaLink and KI Connect meanwhile have cancelled ferry services for Thursday afternoon and evening. 

A vigorous cold front is forecast to move across the southern half of South Australia today, Thursday, June 14, bringing with it strong and squally winds, an increase in showers and isolated thunderstorms with possible local heavy falls.

The cold front is expected to reach western Kangaroo Island and the Lower South East coast around midday Thursday and the Adelaide area mid to late afternoon.

Warning also extends to the Adelaide metropolitan district along with those in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of Mid North and Murraylands.

SeaLink says it will be unsafe for the following sailings to operate to and from Kangaroo Island this afternoon/evening: 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm sailings from Kangaroo Island and 4pm, 6pm and 7pm sailing to Kangaroo Island.

KI Connect says due to expected  heavy weather condition, the ferry operations scheduled from and to Kangaroo island have been cancelled till tomorrow. “We will monitor the weather conditions and will resume the operations when the weather permits.”

Police urge the South Australian community to drive to the conditions.

Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Kingscote, Maitland, Victor Harbor, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Keith.

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.

For the current warnings from the Bureau for SA please visit: http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/warnings/

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