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Adelaide Hills Man Killed While Cleaning Up Storm Damage

A 71-year-old man has been killed by a falling tree in the Adelaide Hills while clearing up storm damage.

The man was clearing a fallen tree from the Gladigau Road in Tungkillo when he was struck by a second tree this morning.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene on Gladigau Road.

Three other people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries in separate incidents.

- A Tungkillo woman was hurt when a water tank rolled onto her.

- A Macclesfield woman hurt her leg when a tree fell on her car.

- A Meadows man was lucky to escape with only minor head injuries after a large tree crashed on his parked car. He reportedly ducked just in time to avoid serious harm, with the tree crushing part of the roof.

SES crews have been run off their feet, with more than 450 calls for help received since midnight.

More than 8000 homes are without power across the Adelaide Hills this morning due to the massive storm that hit the state overnight.

Emergency service crews remain flat out dealing with trees uprooted in the Mt Lofty Ranges, southern suburbs and coastal areas.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Julie Guerin said the strongest wind gust recorded in the Hills last night was 104km/h at Strathalbyn, while Cape Willoughby on Kangaroo Island felt a 120km/h gust at 3.45am.

A vigorous cold front passing over the state generated the winds, has also brought down power lines in some areas and left many home without power including about 1500 at Blakiston and Nairne, 1100 about Mt Pleasant and Springton, 1000 in Aldgate and Mylor, 1000 at Oakbank and Balhannah and 700 at Mt Barker.

The stormy weather is expected to continue today with the weather issuing a severe weather warning for damaging winds in the Mt Lofty Ranges, with gale force gusts at times. The Lower Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and parts of the Adelaide Metropolitan, Yorke Peninsula, Murraylands and Lower South East districts are also affected.


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