Heavy thunderstorm hits Riverland as it swelters through a severe heatwave

A heavy summer time storm within the Riverland on Tuesday night time has dumped greater than 30 millimetres of rain and hail in some locations, as the area sweats through a severe heatwave. 

The storm cell moved over the west of the area, hitting the townships together with Waikerie, Overland Corner, Kingston on Murray, Barmera and Galga. 

Rainfall totals included 30mm in 10 minutes at Walker Flat and Overland Corner, with hail and energy outages additionally reported. 

About 20 properties had been nonetheless without energy on Wednesday. 

The storm on the second day of 40 levels Celsius didn’t see temperatures drop, with the mercury once more rising to 40C on Wednesday.

A partly flooded paddock on a farm following heavy rain and a storm.
Heavy rainfall fell in remoted areas throughout the area, together with at Galga, close to Loxton.(Supplied: Julia Andriske)

Sunlands stone fruit grower Hayden Rodgers mentioned the storm was “fairly vicious”.


“But it was humorous, inside quarter-hour of the storm you possibly can hear chainsaws beginning up throughout the neighbourhood. 

“We had been straight into it and it’s nonetheless going right now.

“I do know a neighbour misplaced his fence and one other bloke’s trampoline was about 200 metres away in a paddock.”

Like his fellow fruit growers, Mr Rodgers watched the storm clouds roll in with fear, with two heavy thunderstorms previous to Christmas already inflicting vital crop injury. 

Reported crop injury was far lower than what occurred in October and November 2021, however some stone fruit orchards have suffered hail and wind injury early of their rising season. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued one other severe thunderstorm warning for Wednesday night time which is ready to have an effect on most of the identical cities within the Riverland’s western space. 

Community kindness will get pub running

The storm prompted flood injury to the heritage-listed Overland Corner Hotel in a matter of minutes.

Hotel proprietor Brad Flowers mentioned the pub additionally misplaced energy in a single day.

“We bought about 35mm in about seven minutes and the wind, neighbours had been saying it was the strongest wind they’ve ever seen,” Mr Flowers mentioned. 

A fallen tree outside a hotel after a storm.
The storm introduced down timber and prompted flooding on the 162-year-old Overland Corner Hotel.(Supplied: Overland Corner Hotel)

Community members had been fast to lend a hand and got here with chainsaws and different instruments to get the business running once more within the morning.

“Within about 5 minutes [the following morning] without even calling anyone, I had a number of neighbours down with right here blowers, chainsaws and trailers,” Mr Flowers mentioned. 

“There had been neighbours wiping down the chairs and tables and propping them again up, so inside about two hours it appeared like not a drop of rain had fallen. 

“It was fairly heartwarming to see it. We had been a bit blown away”. 

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