Weather Destructive SA weather hits VIC and NSW
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Destructive SA weather hits VIC and NSW

A policeman directs traffic in the Adelaide CBD after an electricity blackout. Photo: AAP
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Winds in excess of 100 km/h have lashed Victoria after forcing the entire state of South Australia to lose power.

The front moved across the border into Victoria late on Wednesday night, bringing rain and powerful winds.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the northern parts of the state, as strong winds and heavy rain are expected, the Bureau of Meteorology reported.

Damaging winds averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are expected over elevated parts of the Northeast district on Thursday morning, with gusts around 120 km/h in Alpine areas.

The strongest gusts of winds recorded by BoM in the past six hours have seen Mt Hotham (144 km/h), Mt Buller, (120 km/h) Falls Creek (107 km/h) and Ben Nevis (102 km/h) already heavily hit.

There is also a possibility of flash flooding as rain crosses over the Mallee, North East and North Central districts.

Mt William recorded the highest rainfall since Wednesday morning with 42mm, while Moroko Park (34mm), Edenhope (32mm) and Charnwood (31mm) also received significant showers.

However a BoM spokesman said the worst of the wild weather for the majority of Victoria had passed.

“The bulk of the rain has gone through but there are still strong winds in the east,” he told The New Daily.

“It should be an easing trend for Victoria today but there is still chance of thunderstorms.

“The worst went through South Australia today and Victoria will mostly miss out.”

Meanwhile, New South Wales is expecting wet and windy conditions for the Western and central districts.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sarah Chadwick said as the front moved across the state it would bring winds up to 90 km/h and heavy rain in parts.

Peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are also expected to develop for alpine areas.

“At the moment we haven’t observed anything quite that high as of yet,” she said.

Broken Hill registered the strongest winds at 81 km/h earlier this morning.

“We have seen a little bit of rainfall overnight but not a large amount. We are expecting to still accumulate more rain over the rest of the day,” she said.

“There is a large number of flood warnings currently … we are expecting to see further river rises as a result of this current rain fall.”

This weather system has the potential to cause prolonged and renewed flooding as well as flash flooding from Thursday onwards.

Inland river valleys including Lachlan, Macquarie, Bogan and Murrumbidgee have been issued flood warnings.

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