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A cyclone unplugged the whole state of South Australia and it is not OK

THERE’S NO POWER IN ADELAIDE! NO ELECTRICITY! NO LIGHT! AND THE SUN IS SETTING!

Admittedly, if you’re in Adelaide, you should probably be using your precious phone battery to read something else. Go. Go and read some tweets from authorities!

If you’re one of the lucky Australian angels who have been spared from the wrath of the #AdelaideStorm, then please keep reading. You’ve got enough electricity to recharge your phone any time you want to.

The actual Adelaide shitstorm has caused blackouts across the state, although SA Power has officially listed power outages at 20,000 homes.

Many buildings are relying on generators, but homes are without power.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued multiple warnings for areas across South Australia:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive wind gusts to 140 km/h, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Whyalla, Clare, Maitland, Hawker and Leigh Creek.

Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging wind gusts of 90-100 km/h are expected in the Adelaide Metropolitan and Mount Lofty Ranges districts. Large hailstones are not expected in these districts.

The warning areas they’ve identifies cover pretty much all of SA, so we’ll just add in the general safety advice of the State Emergency Services:

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Secure or put away loose items around your property.
  • Move cars under cover or away from trees.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Stay indoors, away from windows, while storms are nearby.
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