Heavy rain hits West Coast again

STORM: Part of a flooded road at Thevenard, caused by the latest storm to hit South Australia.
STORM: Part of a flooded road at Thevenard, caused by the latest storm to hit South Australia.

THE first storm to hit South Australia in 2017 brought with it plenty of rain on Thursday and Friday, but passed without much incident.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a major weather warning on Thursday for much of the lower half of the state, including the West Coast and Eyre Peninsula.

With memories of major storms in September and just before Christmas, which caused widespread blackouts still fresh, residents were told to expect similar wild weather, however the weather pattern developed further south than expected.

Heavy rain still lashed the West Coast on Thursday evening and throughout Friday morning, with 36mm falling at Ceduna and 25mm at Streaky Bay.

There were incidents of flash flooding on roads in both Ceduna and Thevenard, while a few trees were damaged throughout the town.

The SES said on its Facebook page for drivers to be aware of aquaplaning caused by low-lying water and urged caution when driving in the wet conditions.

Yet the damage did not come close that caused by the storm in late December, which uprooted a number of trees along the Ceduna foreshore and caused damage which is still being cleaned up by the Ceduna District Council.

The strongest wind gusts at Ceduna of 59 kilometres per hour were recorded at 1.30am on Friday and up to 54km/h less than an hour later at Wudinna.

The major warning for the West Coast was cancelled by mid-Friday morning.