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Sandbags on offer as strong winds and storm set to hit Adelaide

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Damaging winds, rain and a possible thunderstorm are forecast to hit the Adelaide metropolitan area later today, with the State Emergency Service handing out sandbags to help residents prepare.

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The Bureau of Meteorology this morning issued a severe weather warning for the Adelaide metropolitan area due to a low-pressure system forecast to move across southern parts of the state today.

The front associated with the system will see damaging northwesterly winds averaging between 50 and 70km/h hitting Adelaide this afternoon, the BoM said.

Wing gusts of 90km/h are also possible.

BoM meteorologist Tom Boeck said it would remain dry in the morning with the severe weather to develop later in the day.

“Those showers [will be] coming into Adelaide probably from about the early afternoon period,” he said this morning.

“Winds are going to be increasing as well, particularly this afternoon as that frontal system starts to come through, so you’ll notice it changing quite significantly the weather.”

Boeck said the weather system contained thunderstorms and was currently west of Kangaroo Island.

The BoM said severe weather could affect towns across the state including Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Ceduna and Naracoorte.

The State Emergency Service is advising people to move vehicles under cover and away from trees, secure loose items around their property and stay indoors and away from windows when conditions are severe.

The SES is handing out sandbags at 19 stations across the state to help residents prepare for the weather.

Adelaide has a forecast top of 17 degrees today and a 95 per cent chance of rain.

The BoM is forecasting 10-15mm of rain to hit the state on Thursday and Friday.

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