SA Weather: Statewide severe weather warning

Homeless South Australians will have access to additional accommodation services following a severe weather warning for the state.

In partnership with Housing SA, non-government partners Westcare (Baptist Care SA), Street to Home and Trace-A-Place (SYC) will offer additional outreach services to those on the streets.

Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said homeless people who needed help finding shelter should call the Homelessness Gateway.

The helpline operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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“A severe weather warning has been forecast across South Australia and that’s why, we, together with our homelessness partners, will be activating a statewide Code Blue so people sleeping rough can seek support and shelter from the wild weather,” Ms Lensink said.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the severe weather warning for damaging and destructive winds on Tuesday morning.

It applies to residents across all South Australian regions.

BoM duty forecaster Bonnie Haselgrove said the cold front is forecast to sweep across the state from Tuesday evening through to Wednesday morning, coming from the west.

Damaging wind gusts surpassing 90km/h with showers and thunderstorms are likely as the front moves across the warning area.

Destructive winds in excess on 120km/h, stronger showers and thunderstorms are also forecast, mainly for the western coastal areas.

“The strongest winds will initially be about the exposed western coasts with the front sweeping across the state later today,” Ms Haselgrove said.

“As the font moves across, we see the risk of damaging and locally destructive winds extend to other parts, reaching Adelaide around midnight tonight.

“We may even see some small hail coming up with a second system later on in the week.”

She said significant rainfall was expected about the Mount Lofty Ranges and southern coastal parts of the state.

Some isolated parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges could see falls of up to 80mm over the next four days.

Adelaide is forecast to reach a maximum of 14C on Wednesday with a minimum of 8C.

The State Emergency Service has advised people move their vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure loose items around their property and keep clear of fallen power lines.

SA Weather forecast for the week:

Wednesday: 14C, showers and winds easing

Thursday: 15C, showers increasing later in the day

Friday: 13C, showers easing

Saturday: 13C, shower or two

Sunday: 13C possible shower

Homelessness Gateway hotline: 1800 003 308

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