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Adelaide Storm Causes Tree Damage and Power Outages

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Adelaide shoppers escaped injury recently as strong winds brought down a Norfolk Island pine tree that crushed five cars and damaged five others.

Elsewhere in the city, the same winds brought down trees, damaging roofs and causing widespread blackouts prompting more than 200 calls for emergency services.

Damage to the cars, which were parked at the Northpark Shopping Centre, is estimated to be worth up to $120,000.

The storm was a result of a low pressure system crossing the state that lowered Adelaide’s maximum temperature to 12.4°C and Mt Lofty’s to 5.1°C, only to get lower as the storm progressed.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Mark Anolak said that the atmospheric conditions were perfect for causing snow or sleet.

“It is quite likely some people may have seen some sleet. The ground was too warm for it to hang around,” he said.

Not only that, but at the height of the storm there were about 15,000 homes and businesses in the suburbs without power, with repair crews and tree services crews working throughout the night.


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