Drive to conditions, police urge, with severe weather forecast tomorrow

The recent severe weather warning for damaging winds, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 4.16pm this afternoon, forecasts Damaging winds across southern and eastern parts of SA from early Friday, 5 September.

The warning applies to the Adelaide Metropolitan area, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North, Kangaroo Island, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East and parts of North East Pastoral districts.

Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Renmark, Murray Bridge and Kingscote.

For the Adelaide area, the windiest and wettest period is expected early morning until around midday Friday.

Areas of dust, reducing visibility, are possible across northern parts of the warning area.

Police urge all motorists to drive to the conditions, ensuring they slow down, be alert and pay attention at all times. A number of road safety measures can be taken by motorists while driving in adverse weather conditions:

  • Be alert at all times, pay attention to road warning signs that display hazardous conditions.
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible.
  • Look for a safe place to pull completely off the roadway.
  • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from other vehicles.
  • Drive with headlights on at times of poor visibility.
  • Ensure your windscreen is clean and is demisted, and wiper blades are in good condition.
  • Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and the tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated, and
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;

* Secure or put away loose items around your property.

* Stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe.

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For more information: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS21037.shtml

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