The Bureau of Meterology has issued a severe Weather Warning today for DAMAGING WINDS for people in Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Upper South East, Lower South East and parts of Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and Murraylands districts.
A cold front has crossed South Australia on Thursday morning, with strengthening westerly winds expected to develop behind the front.
A strong and gusty south to southwesterly change is then expected with a passage of a trough overnight, as a deep low pressure system develops over waters to the southeast of the state.
Locally DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible about the Mt Lofty Ranges from late this afternoon in the westerly winds ahead of the trough.
Locally DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are likely to also develop about remaining parts of the warning area including the southern Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide Metropolitan area and South East districts later in the evening as the south to southwesterly change moves through, particularly about coastal areas.
Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds from the west early on Friday morning as the low pressure system moves away to the southeast.
Conditions should ease through the Yorke Peninsula, Adelaide Metropolitan area, Lofty ranges and Mid North districts well before sunrise, and then ease over remaining southeastern districts by around midday.
Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Maitland, Kingscote, Naracoorte and Meningie.
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.
The next update is expected at 5pm Thursday 7 September. For the latest information, visit the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.