South Australia in darkness as 100,000 lightning strikes shut down power during 'apocalyptic' storm

More than 20 transmission towers were toppled by wind and lightning in once-in-50-years weather event.

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Severe weather conditions have continued to lash South Australia for the second day in a row, leaving the entire state without electricity overnight (28 September).

More than 100,000 lightning strikes were recorded as electricity generation facilities were damaged. High winds also managed to topple over more than 20 transmission towers and authorities were only able to restore power to Adelaide by 3am local time (5pm GMT), while remote rural areas remained cut off.

Jay Wilson, Premier of South Australia, said: "We had winds which were so strong that when they hit power lines they created such energy they were tearing the towers out of the ground."

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South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has called for an independent inquiry into the power cuts. He said it was a "disgrace" that an entire state had been blacked out. Although the severe thunderstorms are now believed to have left South Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has said that the region has only received half of the total rainfall expected during the storm.

The BOM has described the storm as a once-in-50-years event and has predicted further wind speeds of up to 140kph (87mph). Heavy rainfall has also been predicted for 29 and 30 September, while flood warnings remain in place.

According to the BBC, some have described the experience as "apocalyptic". The storm is now heading towards New South Wales and north-west Victoria.

Fallen trees and a damaged building and vehicle can be seen in the town of Blyth, located north of Adelaide, after severe storms and thousands of lightning strikes knocked out power to the entire state of South AustraliaDavid Mariuz/ Reuters
General view of the damage in Elder Park in Adelaide, AustraliaDaniel Kalisz/ Getty Images
Australian farmer Leo Pietsch inspects his flooded oat crop after travelling via tractor through floodwaters to his stranded property, following heavy rainfall in the midwestern New South Wales town of ForbesJason Reed/ Reuters
A storm approaches as a man carries his son while walking in a park overlooking the central business district (CBD) of Sydney, AustraliaDavid Gray/ Reuters
Police direct traffic in the central business district (CBD) of Adelaide after severe storms and thousands of lightning strikes knocked out power to the entire state of South AustraliaDavid Mariuz/ Reuters

Many in the region have since taken to Twitter to post videos and images of the stormy conditions.

Fallen trees can be seen outside a damaged church in the town of Blyth, located north of Adelaide, after severe storms and thousands of lightning strikes knocked out power to the entire state of South AustraliaDavid Mariuz/ Reuters

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