COOBER PEDY News & Events

CYCLONE YASI: UP TO 8 INCHES FLOODING FOR OUTBACK SA

for THUNDERSTORMS, DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING and LARGE HAILSTONES

Storm clouds gather menacingly above Coober Pedy and the town braces itself for the Yasi fallout

A deep tropical low pressure system associated with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Yasi is threatening up to 8 inches of rain for areas just north of Coober Pedy over the weekend. 

Mine Rescue/SES crew member Andy Sheils said, “our unit has supplied the District Council of Coober Pedy with sufficient sand-bags for emergency situations should the need arise”. 

“The town’s Rescue Squad will be on standby for any rescue work due to possible flooding over the next few days,” said Mr. Sheils.

Phil Van Poorten, Coober Pedy District Council’s Water Supply Manager said after lunch today, “the weather is starting to look very rough. People have been coming in to the Council Depot all day for sand bags in case it hits any time soon”.

High levels of moisture associated with the low pressure system will result in heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms over northern parts of South Australia on the weekend.  

The first tentacles of Yasi's long arms reached Coober Pedy at 8pm on Thursday night, breaking rain after midnight

Local rain falls of 50-100 mm, reaching 100-200 mm (approx 8 inches) in the Northwest Pastoral north of Coober Pedy. 

The first signs of the outer edges of the Cyclone Yasi aftermath were already visible in Coober Pedy on Thursday evening at dusk. A slow band of heavy rain bearing clouds moved slowly across the town, breaking rain after midnight.

People living or working close to rivers or creeks are advised to monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to a safe location should flooding develop. 

For people in the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East and parts of the West Coast, Yorke Peninsula, Northwest Pastoral and Northeast Pastoral districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Whyalla, Renmark, Clare, Keith, Roxby Downs and Leigh Creek.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Secure or put away loose items around your property.
* Move cars under cover or away from trees.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Stay indoors, away from windows, while storms are nearby.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 215. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.