Crash, bang but the walls don’t come tumbling down
EMERGENCY crews have been kept busy after wild weather and gale-force winds lashed swaths of the state, causing widespread damage to homes and cars.
Forecasters yesterday recorded wind gusts of almost 100km/h and hail in some areas as a cold snap hit.
Authorities were called to almost 90 incidents across Adelaide, the Eyre Peninsula and parts of the SouthEast from midnight. They said most of the damage and disruption was caused by trees falling on homes, cars and roads.
Gale warnings were still in place for the Lower South-East coast last night.
Dressmaker and motherof-three Netty Kildare, 50, woke to find a large gum tree had fallen on her Athelstone house. Her truck-driver husband, Michael, 50, had already left for work. They are insured.
“I heard something come down on the roof,” she said.
“I thought it was a branch. I went outside and saw the whole tree had come down on the roof – a massive gum tree. It was really windy. We cop a lot of the gully winds around here. It was a little bit of drama.”
At West Croydon, mechatronics engineering student Thomas Jacquier, 21, discovered his silver Hyundai Getz had been hit.
“I thought my car would be completely totalled,” he said. “But the tree clipped the top and was resting on the roof. I was pretty stoked and relieved the damage was not quite that bad.”
DAMAGE: SES volunteers, above, at the Kildares’ Athelstone house, while, below, Thomas Jacquier surveys his car.