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Monday, May 18, 2015

THE PULSE: Adelaide has received more than half its average May rainfall in a night of wild weather

Thunder wakes Adelaide residents, who feared explosion, as rain lashes city Posted 20 minutes ago Waterfall Gully after a night of heavy rain in the Adelaide Hills Photo: The flow at Waterfall Gully after a night of heavy rain in the Adelaide Hills. (ABC: Spence Denny) Map: Adelaide 5000 Some extraordinary thunder woke thousands of Adelaide residents in the early hours as the city and suburbs were lashed by rain. Residents described it as more like a "roll of thunder" across the city than a sudden clap, at about 2:32am. Some said it made their houses shake and windows rattle. Presenter on 891 ABC Adelaide David Bevan told listeners: "For me it sounded like it started way down south and then just rolled over the city and just kept going and going and going." Reporter Spence Denny agreed it was an extraordinary weather event for Adelaide, saying he had experienced nothing like it even when he lived in the tropics. "I reckon that clap of thunder was as loud as I've ever heard," he said. "It did seem to start in the south and made its way right across the city." Callers to 891 agreed, including Don of North Plympton who woke because of the loud thunder, then had to head to his workplace at Torrensville to turn off alarms. "It was enough to set off the alarms in our workshop," he said. Torrens filled with debris after a stormy night in Adelaide Photo: The River Torrens through the city is filled with debris after a stormy night in Adelaide. (ABC: Spence Denny) SA Power Networks dealt with widespread outages, including in several inner northern and north-eastern suburbs. Adelaide had more than half its average May rainfall in just one night. More than 30mm fell at Kent Town and parts of the Adelaide Hills got about 40mm. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jenny Horvat said it was the most rain for Adelaide in a single May night in about 15 years. "We don't see it that often so this is our highest [single night] rainfall total for the metropolitan area for May since 1999 where we saw 41.2 millimetres," she said. In the poor weather, a man aged 23 from Daw Park was killed in a road accident at the corner of Greenhill Road and George Street at Parkside in the early hours. Police said his car, which hit a tree, was travelling well above the speed limit at the time of the crash. 'Stunned' by the sound of thunder Several ABC listeners took to Facebook to comment on the thunder, including Shellee Craig who said it woke her, her husband and a "petrified" child. "Hubby and I were woken from our sleep and sat there stunned," she said. "Hubby asked whether it was thunder or an explosion - we now have a petrified 12-year-old in our bed - [I am] not sure how our other three kids slept through it though. "Never heard anything like that before in my life." Jonathan McQueen from the north-eastern suburbs said the ground shook. "[It] was massive. Never heard thunder like it. I wondered if it was an earthquake because of the way the ground shook here in Modbury/Highbury for at least two to three seconds," he said. Powered by Bing Topics: storm-event, weather, rainfall, adelaide-5000, modbury-5092, sa, parkside-5063 6 new posts 39 mins ago Fuel is looking relatively cheap this morning if you need to fill up the tank photo 6i76i7i9579_zpsqwwwmp5b.png Fuel prices via MotorMouth. 1 hour ago Crews are working to restore power at 470 homes after wild weather overnight photo qtqtqeteteteeqehhhh_zps74cp8nre.png Here's the latest update on power outages across the state this morning after last night's wild weather. We'll keep you updated on this throughout the morning - but you can also check the SA Power Networks website. 1 hour ago There's now reports of another accident on the roads, this time at St Marys 1 hour ago Last night's heavy rain is all clear now - but there'll likely be more later today It's clear and 15.8° here in the city right now and we're on track for a top of 20°. But the weather bureau says there's a 60 per cent chance of showers this afternoon. Thankfully it shouldn't be anywhere near as heavy as last night's massive drenching. Check out the full 7-day forecast here. 1 hour ago Young Adelaide mid Cam Ellis-Yolmen has won plenty of fans - now it seems he's got his own fashion line THE PULSE: Adelaide has received more than half its average May rainfall in a night of wild weather 1 hour ago Just to add to the traffic issues this morning, we've now got a burst water main 1 hour ago The Pulse top story: Adelaide has woken to a huge thunderclap which some mistook for an earthquake during a night of wild weather photo rain_zpsajxojdku.png Adelaide has woken to the sound of an enormous thunderclap which some mistook for an earthquake during a night of wild weather.

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