Lightning, giant hail, and heavy rains lashed parts of South Australia for most of Thursday, causing flash flooding and widespread damage. Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power, a number that surged to more than 30,000 after another burst of gale-force winds and storm activity hit Adelaide about 7 pm.
"That incredible storm that came through the city here — that was really amazing and I'm not surprised we're getting a lot of calls from people," SA Power Networks spokesman Paul Roberts said. He said that outages were being reported not only across Adelaide's CBD, but from Eyre Peninsula in the west to the Riverland in the east.
Not only houses were hit; growers, too, were heavily affected by the extreme weather. Greenhouse, market garden, and hydroponic crops to Adelaide's north were damaged, among which were tomato, lettuce, and zucchini crops.
"There’s a lot of devastated growers here at the markets this morning," South Australian Produce Market marketing manager Penny Reidy said.
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