Residents of the Eyre Peninsula reportedly noticed a higher than usual tide on the coastline on Thursday, although no serious flooding resulted as wet weather battered the area throughout the day.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning on Wednesday as a deep low pressure system centered south of the Great Australian Bight moved east through Wednesday evening and into Thursday.
The office also warned of possible coastal flooding as sea levels would be higher than indicated by tide tables on Thursday, with parts of the coastal waters of Spencer Gulf and Gulf of St. Vincent likely to rise. be at least half a meter higher than the highest astronomical tide of the year.
Although no actual flooding was seen in coastal areas, a noticeable king tide was seen on the Eyre Peninsula on Thursday afternoon across the region, including Ceduna – which was also hit by a late afternoon hailstorm – and Port Lincoln.
State Emergency Service Training Support Officer for the Northern Region, Max Coulson, said if Port Lincoln had avoided any flooding similar to what the city had seen previously, it was great to see local businesses prepare for the conditions with 12 people taking sandbags donated by the Port Lincoln Unit.
He said that with the rain continuing, people should make sure they don’t park under trees and make sure their gutters are clear.
As of 4pm on Thursday, SES volunteers had responded to 110 calls since Wednesday, mostly in the Adelaide and Fleurieu Peninsula areas, most involving fallen trees due to high winds.
Meanwhile, most parts of the state experienced gusts of around 80 km/h with the highest gusts of 107 km/h at Cape Willoughby on Kangaroo Island before 3 a.m., followed by 93 km/h h at Stathalbyn before 4 a.m. and at Mount Crawford just after 1 p.m.
Significant rain fell around the state between midnight and 9 a.m., with 27 mm in Bridgewater and between 15 and 20 mm in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
On the Eyre Peninsula, Coulta saw 17mm with 14mm at Point Avoid, 12mm at Coffin Bay and 10mm at Port Lincoln.