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Wild winds, heavy rain headed to Adelaide

AAP logoAAP 27/12/2016 Helen Velissaris

South Australians are being warned to batten down the hatches as heavy rain and destructive winds hit the state.

More than 115mm of rain has fallen and wind gusts of up to 104km/h have been felt around Coober Pedy near the South Australian border on Tuesday.

The weather is being fed by the same severe weather system that caused flooding in the Northern Territory and the closure of Uluru National Park.

Storms will hit Adelaide at about midnight, the Bureau of Meteorology says, with strong winds of up to 125km/h continuing throughout the night.

Up to 50mm of rain is set to hit the capital.

Strong wind gusts might threaten powerlines, especially those that might have been damaged before.

But the Bureau's regional director John Nairn says the weather pattern is a little different to that which plunged the state into darkness in September.

"They are northerly winds and I'm aware that those big powerlines are more exposed to westerly winds," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"So these are going to be winds that blow down the length of those connecting infrastructures up in the north."

The SES is advising people to move cars away from trees, secure loose items and stay indoors.

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