Pirie battered with stormy weather

Port Pirie was battered with rain and wind on Tuesday night resulting in State Emergency Services being on high alert as flash flooding and damaging wind gusts were expected. 

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning forecasting heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hailstones for parts of the Eastern Eyre Peninsusla, West Coast, Flinders, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral districts. 

The Port Pirie SES team attended half a dozen jobs, receiving their first call at 6.00pm. 

Three crews worked throughout the night to help residents for a multitude of problems as a result of the storm.

Houses on Gertrude and Marriett Streets had water coming through their roofs, Pirie Street reported water levels were 20 centimetres from reaching a house and on Oliver Street a carport collapsed on top of car just before 6.20pm. 

The Port Pirie Aerodrome recorded 5.6 mm of rain and 16mm was recorded at the Port Pirie boat ramp. 

Power outages were reported in Port Pirie, Baroota and Crystal Brook affecting 2000 customers, with 20 customers in Crystal Brook still without power on Wednesday morning. 

Wind gusts reached up to 41 kmh at 9.19pm and wind speeds were recorded at 44kmh at 4.30pm.

There were no reports of injuries from any of the damages.