Storm clouds gathered over South Australia

Published: November 6, 2012

Grey nomads travelling in South Australia have been subjected to some seriously wild weather in the past couple of days.

More than 173,000 lightning strikes struck in the state in the 24 hours to 10pm last night …. and there were wild winds, too.

“It was the most lightning strikes across South Australia and Adelaide in many, many years,”  Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dupschke told the Australian. “On top of it, the storms were fairly gusty, knocking out power stations and sparking fires … it was a messy day and evening.”

Wind gusts of up to 90km/h were recorded on Hindmarsh Island, Port Lincoln and the Yorke and Fleurieu peninsulas.

“There were several lines of thunderstorms but they were fairly fast moving so they didn’t bring a lot rain,” said Mr Dupschke. “Generally under 10mm.”

There were – and are – widespread power outages causing in convenience to residents and travellers alike.

A teenage boy who was struck by lightning at Hallett Cove is being treated in hospital.

Are you in South Australia? How spectacular was the light show? How do you cope in wild storms while on the road? Email us here with your thoughts on this story.

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