High winds, severe rain and hail have lashed many parts of South Australia overnight. Other than the visible storm damage to power systems, there is widespread crop damage also.
The township of Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula received hail yesterday afternoon. Crop damage is yet to be assessed.
As the storm system travelled eastward, damage to buildings about one hour north of Adelaide at Blyth caused rooves to be torn off, equipment overturned and structures to be blown apart.
Further winds and storm rain are forecast for today, Thursday, and are likely to exacerbate the wind damage to crops across South Australia and Victoria.
Most of the lentil crops in Australia are grown in the regions affected by these storms, as well as these areas being the cradle of quality malting barley, premium milling wheats, faba beans and canola.
Full assessments of damage across South Australia are still unavailable, and more wild weather conditions are predicted again today.
Heavy cereal and pulse crops with a high yield potential in parts of Victoria and South Australia are at risk of lodging in these windy and wet conditions.
It remains to be seen how affected crops recover. Further updates on crop damage will follow as more details are confirmed.
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