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More wild weather coming SA's way

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017

South Australians can expect driving rain and fierce winds as another bout of foul weather approaches the state.

Heavy rain, strong winds and possible thunderstorms are expected to sweep across the bottom half of the state from the west, reaching the Adelaide area in the early hours of Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology says flash flooding is possible in the Adelaide Hills where up to 80mm of rain is predicted to fall, while about half as much is expected in the city.

Senior Meteorologist Paul Laini says the amount of rain in SA is highly unusual for this time of year.

"I guess every 10 years or so we get events during January where we see around 25mm of rain," he told reporters on Thursday.

"So it is unusual but it's not expected to be unprecedented."

The weather bureau issued a broad severe weather warning for heavy rain and damaging winds across the southern parts of the state, while a flood watch is also in place.

Mr Laini said the predicted storms are the result of a cold front and associated trough moving easterly across the state, lifting up moist air to create rain clouds and potential thunderstorms.

The State Emergency Service is distributing sand bags at several locations across the state so people can protect their homes from flooding.

SES deputy chief officer Dermot Barry urged South Australians not to drive through floodwaters and to keep a close eye on children, particularly those on holidays near rivers and creeks.

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