20 January 2017.
ALMOST 60,000 properties were left without power across the state after a short but violent storm front moved in from the west on Thursday evening.
SA Power Networks crews have been working to restore power but estimates have some properties remaining in the dark well into the weekend.
The storm system that buffeted Adelaide had already wrought havoc in the west of the state, knocking down trees and reportedly blowing the roof from the Yorketown Uniting Church.
SA Power networks recorded more than 74,000 lightning strikes between 7pm and 9pm before the weather calmed and storm warnings were withdrawn at 10pm.
Wind gusts of 110km/h were recorded in the city, while short-lived but heavy rainfall buffeted metropolitan areas, downing trees and branches. The SES was called to more than 300 jobs.
Gusts of 98km/h were recorded minutes apart at Parafield Airport and Edinburgh RAAF base which also had 24mm of rain in 25 minutes.
The storm ushered in a cold front after a late maximum of 38.2 degrees fell by more than 10 degrees in the wake of the rain.
The storm front caused blackouts in Adelaide after crossing the Eyre Peninsula, blacking out more than 58,000 properties in suburbs across Adelaide as well as regional communities in the state’s west.
SA Power Networks estimates many of the homes will be without power until Friday evening with some expected to be in the dark over the weekend.
“This is just another example of the unprecedented weather in the last six months,” SA Power Networks spokesman Paul Roberts said, referring to bouts of wild weather that have hit power supplies hard this summer and the preceding spring.
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