Thousands of SA homes without power as wild weather hits Victoria and NSW
Thousands of South Australians are waking up without power for a second day after heavy storms lashed the state, while more wild weather is expected across the eastern coast.
Parts of Adelaide are still in disarray, with powerlines on the ground, roads closed and trees and shrubs everywhere, while 35,000 people are still without power after the storm tore through on Saturday.
The intense thunderstorms generated more than 100,000 lightning strikes along with winds of up to 106kmh.
Police have said they are aware some communities in north of the state have been unable to call 000 due to being unable access Telstra phone services.
Every available crew from SA Power Networks is working to restore power across the state, with the outage being the worst in the state since the infamous statewide blackout in 2016.
Traffic lights are down in many area, causing traffic chaos, while tens of schools will not open today.
In the 24 hours until 8pm yesterday, the SES received more than 2000 requests for help.
Meanwhile, there are warnings are in place across Victoria and NSW as more wet weather hits.
North-east Victoria and southern New South Wales had extreme heavy rainfall over the weekend.
Forbes in NSW has recorded over 100mm of rain, with nearby towns experiencing flash flooding.
Canowindra has recorded 99mm in just six hours.
Heavy rain and damaging winds are continuing in parts of Victoria today.
Ports are on alert, with damaging winds lashing suburbs south and north of Melbourne.
There is a severe thunderstorm warning in place south-east of Melbourne, with damaging winds and heavy rainfall that could potentially lead to flash flooding.