Crash, bang but the walls don’t come tum­bling down

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - ANDREW HOUGH

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.

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