Wild weather lashes South Australia

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Trees and power lines have been brought down and several homes have suffered minor damage after a night of wild weather across South Australia.

A deep low-pressure system and a series of cold fronts bringing strong winds and heavy rain moved across the state from Thursday, with the worst of the conditions hitting Adelaide and the Mt Lofty Ranges overnight on Friday.

Kylie Egan from the Bureau of Meteorology said such vigorous weather events were only seen in SA once or twice a year.

Wind gusts topped 100km/h in some regional centres and 95km/h at Adelaide Airport.

Showers and thunderstorms dumped 82mm of rain at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills with other areas having more than 50mm.

Rivers rose significantly but remained below flood warning levels.

On Saturday morning more than 15,000 properties were without power because of storm damage, but by early afternoon less than 3000 still needed services restored.

The State Emergency Service said it took 570 calls for assistance since Thursday, with almost 500 of those received on Friday night.

SES chief of staff Derren Halleday said most calls involved trees brought down on houses, cars, powerlines and roads.

Two calls related to trampolines becoming airborne and damaging other property and Mr Halleday said at least one car had become stranded in a river, south of Adelaide.

The bureau said the conditions had moderated by Saturday afternoon and would continue to ease over the weekend as the weather system moved steadily east.

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