Severe Weather Warning Issued As Dust Storms Predicted

Urgent warning.

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A severe weather warning has been issued across western and central parts of South Australia.

Strong to gale force winds are predicted, with northerly winds increasing during the morning and extending eastwards during the day.

Winds will be damaging, with 50-70km/h gusts which will reach 80-100km/h throughout the day.

There are particular concerns for the large amount of dust which will be stirred up.

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SA Health has urged those with asthma or other respiratory or cardiac issues to be careful.

"If there is an associated dust storm with these winds, people with pre-existing illnesses such as asthma and respiratory problems may have their symptoms aggravated," SA Health's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said.

"We advise those people to avoid exposure to dust, stay indoors, take medication as usual and avoid exercise in areas of high dust."

Further advice includes:

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees;
  • Secure or put away loose items around your property; and
  • Stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe.

The warning is particularly significant for those in:

  • Adelaide Metropolitan;
  • Mount Lofty Ranges;
  • Lower Eyre Peninsula;
  • Eastern Eyre Peninsula;
  • Yorke Peninsula;
  • Flinders;
  • Mid North;
  • Kangaroo Island 
  • parts of the West Coastl
  • North West Pastoral; and 
  • North East Pastoral districts.
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