Wind warning advised for South Australia

A cold front is set to cross southern South Australia this afternoon, with damaging winds and squally shower predicted.

A wind warning applies to the Adelaide metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of Lower Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula districts.

Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Mount Barker, Port Lincoln, Kingscote, Meningie, Murray Bridge, Robe, Penola, Naracoorte and Keith.

The Bureau of Meterology forecast is for strong and gusty northwest to westerly winds are forecast to increase to an average of 50-70 km/h in parts of the warning area.

Damaging wind gusts of around 90-120 km/h may also occur with coastal areas, the higher parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges and nearby eastern slopes at most risk.

Winds in the north are predicted to raise dust in the northern agricultural area, Flinders and south of the Pastorals.

Forecast is also for a high to very high chance of showers over the southern agricultural area with heavy falls and possible hail in the Lower South East region.

Temperatures are predicted to be cool to cold in the south to mild in the north of the state.

Marine Warnings

Gale wind warnings have been predicted for the Lower West Coast, Central Coast, South Central Coast, Investigator Strait, Upper South East Coast and Lower South East Coast,

Strong wind warning are forecasted for Adelaide Metropolitan Waters, Upper West Coast, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.

What to do 

SA Police is urging motorists to drive to the conditions, ensuring they slow down, be alert and pay attention at all times.

Measures include:

  • * Be alert at all times, pay attention to road warning signs that display hazardous conditions
  • * Drive with headlights on at times of poor visibility
  • * Ensure your windscreen is clean and is demisted, and wiper blades are in good condition
  • * Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and the tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated, and
  • * Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

The State Emergency Service advises 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 more information: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS21037.shtml
This story Wind warning for South Australia first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.