Date: 2021-09-29 10:16:48
Adelaide has been smashed by a freak Spring thunderstorm that is set to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the country’s east coast.
The wild weather event in South Australia brought heavy hail, sparked evacuations and wreaked havoc on the roads
The speed limit on the South Eastern Freeway was reduced after a layer of ice on the road created dangerous conditions for driving on Wednesday.
Emergency crews responded to more than 60 calls for help across Adelaide with some locations inundated with rainwater.
But the Adelaide Hills copped it the worst – main streets were turned into rivers and roads turned white with hail.
A childcare centre near Onkaparinga Valley Road had to be evacuated after being hit hard by the deluge.
“We’ve been in the hills for ten years. We’ve seen a little bit of snow, a little bit of hail, a little bit of flooding but nothing like this,” one local told 7NEWS.
Crafers West recorded the most rainfall, with 80mm – a month’s worth of rain – falling in just hours.
Mount Lofty recorded 60mm, while Kapunda recorded 70mm.
The slow-moving system is still expected to impact some of South Australia on Wednesday night, with flash flooding possible.
Conditions are expected to gradually ease late on Wednesday but the wet weather and cooler conditions are set to stick around over the coming days.
The low-pressure system is expected to also impact Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
The wild weather is set to bring strong winds, flash flooding and hail, with experts warning residents to prepare for storm damage.
“Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms are on the way for large parts of eastern Australia in the coming days in the first significant storm outbreak of the season,” Bureau of Meteorology Meteorologist Mirian Bradbury said.
“A low-pressure trough moving over central and eastern Australia is starting to drag moisture down from the tropics, and will deepen with a low over the south-eastern states.”
“This will see rain and the risk of storms developing across South Australia, Victoria, central NSW and Southern Queensland becoming more widespread and intense on Wednesday.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely, with the risk of hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding.”
On Wednesday, the BOM issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Queensland’s Central West, Maranoa, Warrego and Darling Downs, with damaging winds, heavy rain and large hailstones forecast.
The same warning is in place for parts of NSW in the North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, Lower Western and Upper Western districts. An initial flood watch has also been issued for the Belubula and Bell rivers.