South Australians urged to prepare for severe weather

South Australians urged to prepare for severe weather

South Australians are being warned to be prepared for severe weather in the upcoming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a very windy and wet few days across the state, with widespread showers, thunderstorms, localised heavy rainfall and damaging winds.

This is due to multiple fronts embedded in a vigorous westerly airstream impacting western and southern South Australia.

State Emergency Service (SES) chief of staff Derren Halleday is urging South Australians to prepare ahead of the forecast conditions to keep themselves and their properties safe.

"Securing and putting away loose items, such as trampolines and outdoor furniture, is one step you can take to prevent them from becoming airborne and causing damage to your property or your neighbour's property," he said.

"Keeping your gutters and downpipes free of leaf litter and other rubbish will also reduce the risk of water damage to your home and business."

Mr Halleday is also reminding South Australians to stay vigilant and plan ahead if they are travelling or camping across the state.

"We ask people to be mindful about where they park vehicles or set up camps," he said.

"It is never a good idea to park or camp under large trees as they can become unstable and fall during strong wind events.

"Never drive through floodwaters and make sure children don't play in or near fast-flowing water."

The severe weather warning has triggered a Code Blue response across the regions and Adelaide, enabling extra support and overnight accommodation for vulnerable people from tonight.

During a Code Blue activation, Housing SA, together with non-government partners, makes additional accommodation and support services available for extended hours for people sleeping rough.

From tonight, the extreme weather response is being activated in Mount Gambier, Victor Harbor, Port Lincoln, Clare and Kingscote until Monday.

"We're really urging anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness to contact services or call the 24/7 hotline Homeless Connect SA on 1800 003 308 if they need support," Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said.

"Thanks to the homelessness services working tirelessly at the coalface supporting our most vulnerable during this week's extreme winter weather."

The SES is urging people to listen to local radio stations and monitor the SES website and social media channels for information, updates and advice.

Information and further steps on how home and business owners can prepare for severe weather can be found at ses.sa.gov.au.

For emergency assistance in storms and floods, call the SES on 132 500. If the matter is life-threatening, call Triple Zero (000).

Further South Australian weather information can be found at bom.gov.au.