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Update: Drive to the conditions, police urge as wind picks up

19 Sep 2019 11:13am

The Bureau of Meteorology has renewed its severe weather warning for damaging winds across much of South Australia today.
The alert, for people in the Adelaide metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, Kangaroo Island, Lower South East and parts of West Coast, Flinders, Murraylands, Upper South East and North West Pastoral districts, is forecasting strong to gale force winds.
Areas of dust, reducing visibility, are possible across the state.

Eyre Peninsula has already seen localised dust storms, with police urging motorists to drive to the conditions. Superintendent Paul Bahr, the officer in charge of the Eyre and Western Local Service Area, said among the reports was that visibility on Lincoln Hwy near Cowell was down to three meters at one stage this morning.

Similarly police have reported challenging conditions are being experienced in the Yunta area in the state's mid-north.

SA Police are reminding road users that if their visibility is obscured - by dust or rain -  to use their vehicle's headlights and that if conditions become dangerous to pull a safe distance off the road.

Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs.
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.

Superintendent Bob Gray, from Traffic Support Branch, speaks with media yesterday: