Gusty winds have downed trees and smashed a mobile phone antenna into a supermarket roof.
Gusty winds have downed trees and smashed a mobile phone antenna into a supermarket roof.

Strong winds blow phone antenna on to supermarket

Trees have been knocked down and a mobile phone antenna has plunged into a supermarket overnight as the last of an aggressive cold front moves over South Australia.

The Adelaide Airport recorded wind gusts approaching 80km/h yesterday afternoon while sustained gusts around 56km/h were reached overnight.

The wild weather caused a telephone antenna to break from the roof of Park Holme Shopping Centre and crash into the roof of a nearby Coles just after 11.30pm on Friday.

A resident who lived nearby described a "giant bang" late in the evening but did not leave her house in the pouring rain to investigate.

A telephone tower was blown over by wild weather late Friday night, crashing into the roof of a Coles in Park Holme. Picture: Mitch Mott
A telephone tower was blown over by wild weather late Friday night, crashing into the roof of a Coles in Park Holme. Picture: Mitch Mott

Both Metropolitan Fire Service and State Emergency Services crews were sent to the scene to prevent the store from flooding and to secure any loose parts of the phone antenna.

Shoppers arriving at the supermarket this morning were turned away as staff secured the inside of the building.

It is understood the store will not be opening today as a crane is called in to remove the fallen antenna.

The wild weather overnight prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for damaging winds across large part of the state.

Meteorologist Hilary Wilson said the weather overnight was the last part of a sustained cold front that has caused record rains and wintry conditions over the past few days.

"We had a cold front come through earlier in the week and behind that was a substantial cold air mass," she said.

A telephone tower was blown over by wild weather late on May 1. Picture: Mitch Mott
A telephone tower was blown over by wild weather late on May 1. Picture: Mitch Mott

"That led to showers and some thunderstorm activity as well as gusty conditions, which were bought down from above the surface by the rainfall.

"But that cold air will contract away today with showers expected to clear by the afternoon.

"Tomorrow will be cloudy and conditions will warm into the low 20s by the middle of the week."

Ms Wilson said more wet weather was expected on Thursday but did not expect it to be as dramatic as the system that battered South Australia this week.

 

Originally published as Strong winds blow phone antenna on to supermarket

The telephone antenna was blown over by stormy weather across Adelaide. Picture: Mitch Mott
The telephone antenna was blown over by stormy weather across Adelaide. Picture: Mitch Mott

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