Tens of thousands of homes are without power in South Australia after a wild lightning storm felled trees and power lines overnight.
About 37,000 customers were impacted after about 44,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the state in the three hours to 11pm on Monday.
Severe winds, including gusts up to 106km/h at Noarlunga, also caused havoc for emergency services, with the majority of incidents reported in the Adelaide metropolitan region.
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There were still 74 outages affecting 23,471 customers across the state as of 9.30am Adelaide time.
By 6pm on Tuesday, there were still around 10,000 residents without electricity, mostly in the southern suburbs.
A family’s trampoline was damaged by strong winds. Credit: 7NEWSA damaging thunderstorm felled trees and power lines in South Australia. (Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP
“Our crews are out working hard to restore power after last night’s severe weather,” SA Power Networks said in a statement on Tuesday morning.
“Fresh crews will be out this morning joining those who have been working overnight to restore power following last night’s spectacular but damaging thunderstorm.”
A 20-year-old man was lucky to escape uninjured after crashing his car into a fallen tree and power lines brought down by the storm at Morphett Vale.
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