Google Map showing the Eyre Peninsula (blue pushpin)
Google Map showing the Eyre Peninsula (blue pushpin)

AdelaideNow is reporting that a tornado and freak storms ravaged parts of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia with as much as 37mm of rain falling in less than an hour and a half. Adelaide isn’t in it’s path but they say it could potentially reach Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Bordertown and Lucindale.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning "severe thunderstorms" are likely to produce very heavy rainfall and flash flooding across the south-east in the next few hours. An updated warning will be issued at 8.45pm.

Icon from the Tango Desktop projectFor future reference for us; or if you find yourself in the path of a tornado; The State Emergency Service advises people to:

  • SECURE or put away loose items around your property.
  • MOVE cars under cover or away from trees.
  • STAY clear of fallen power lines.
  • NOT to drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • KEEP clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • REMAIN indoors and away from windows, while storms are nearby.

Having lived in the tropics most of my life I’ve had my share of huge, loud and scary thunderstorms, but certainly not a tornado. Until now I wouldn’t have known what to do if I did encounter one… aside from jumping out of my skin.

Banner on the SES website as of this evening
Current banner on the SES website