Part of a phone tower crashed through the roof of a supermarket in Adelaide’s Park Holme, forcing shoppers to evacuate.
The area surrounding the has been cordoned off as emergency crews work to remove the structure and secure the building.
Staff have been forced to turn shoppers away, as the supermarket will remain closed for the day while the damage is assessed.
The prominent tower hit the ceiling above the fruit and vegetable section of the store, at the corner of Marion and Oaklands roads last night.
A resident who lived nearby described a “giant bang” late in the evening but told local media outlets she did not leave her house in the pouring rain to investigate.
Both Metropolitan Fire Service and State Emergency Services crews were sent to the scene to prevent the store from flooding and to secure any loose parts of the phone antenna.
According to recent reports, the State Emergency Service received about 50 calls for help to midnight last night, along with another five calls this morning after an unstable cold air mass with showers and gusty winds moved across the state.
Crane operators are at the scene are determining how to remove the tower.
The incident occurred shortly after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for damaging winds across large parts of the state.
A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for Friday as southwesterly winds further increase across the southeast of the State. Locally damaging winds reaching 55-70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are most likely with squally showers. Details at: https://t.co/ATpQqKWe0V pic.twitter.com/mjudUWyWdm
— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) April 30, 2020
Parts of the country have seen wild weather and record breaking low temperatures thanks to a deep polar low sweeping across the continent, bringing rain, snow and winter worthy chills over the last few days.
Adelaide has already seen significant rainfall since Tuesday, with showers likely to continue into the weekend.