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Adelaide The Rains Are Here! What To Expect This Week

South Australians are preparing for one of the most extreme weather systems to hit the state in recent decades, bringing drenching rain and damaging winds.

Up to 100mm of rain is forecast for the Adelaide Hills, the storm expected to hit at about midday on Wednesday.

Winds should average about 90km/h, whipping up ocean waves to more than 10 metres, but gusts are forecast to be much stronger.

The State Emergency Service says 43,000 sandbags have been distributed and more were to be handed out on Wednesday.

While SA Power Networks says there will likely be power outages and some could be long.

State cabinet's emergency management council is also meeting to consider what action will be required as the storm hits and during the clean-up.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the state's west coast and large parts of the Eyre Peninsula and that warning was expected to move east during the day.

A flood watch is also in place for the Adelaide Hills.

"This depth of the low, this close to the coast, is very damaging," the Bureau of Metereology SA's director John Nairn said.

"It's a very significant event for South Australia. It's very rare."

Mr Nairn said records suggested SA had not experienced a storm so severe for more than 50 years.

The bureau said the front had hit the Eyre Peninsula by 10am on Wednesday, bringing thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Winds were also picking up with gusts of more than 65km/h at several parts of the west coast.

AAP

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