Rain, damaging winds forecast for South Australia

BIZARRE video of a paddock full of tumbleweeds rolling across a road in Adelaide’s north has emerged as SA was battered by damaging winds on Saturday.

Advertiser.com.au reader Natalie Gallarello shot the video, which shows dozens of tumbleweeds rolling across Heaslip Rd at Angle Vale about noon.

The tumbleweeds, which resembled a mob of kangaroos bouncing across a paddock, forced some drivers to stop as they passed.

Ms Gallarello said she’d never seen anything like it in her 33 years in Angle Vale.

The weather conditions keep authorities busy across the state, after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds early on Saturday morning.

A strong cold front was forecast to move over SA, with strong to damaging winds coming in ahead of the front.

SA Police reported several fallen trees across the city, including one which blocked North East Rd at Tea Tree Gully between Range Rd and the Tea Tree Gully Pub.

The bureau forecast north to north-westerly winds averaging 45-65km/h, with gusts up to 100km/h over the southern parts of state early in the day.

Winds were most likely in elevated areas, including the eastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges.

The bureau says winds should ease from the southeast behind the front later today.

media_cameraRain and potentially damaging winds are on the way in SA today. Photo Roy VanDerVegt

The State Emergency Service has responded to 68 calls since midnight.

A spokesman said the callouts have been weather-related with the majority for trees or branches which have falled down across southern areas.

He said calls had come from the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Strathalbyn, South Coast and Noarlunga, and more calls expected throughout the day as winds increase.

The State Emergency Service advises you should:

■Move vehicles…

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