A health warning has been released for people with asthma or other respiratory or cardiac conditions, as high winds are expected on Thursday August 2, expected to increase dust.
The chief medical officer and chief public health officer for SA Health, Professor Paddy Phillips recommends that those with pre-existing respiratory or cardiac conditions to stay indoors and follow their personal management plans.
“We have received advice from the Bureau of Meterology of expected high winds. If there is an associated dust storm with these winds, people with pre-existing illnesses such as asthma and respiratory problems ma have their system aggravated”, Professor Phillips said.
It is advised that those people stay indoors, take medication as usual and avoid exercise in areas of dust.
At 3.33pm on Wednesday August 1, the Bureau of Meterology released a severe weather warning for damaging winds expected across the state on Thursday.
A vigorous cold front will move across western and central parts of South Australia during Thursday with strong to gale force winds.
The warning includes: Adelaide Metropolitan, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North, Kangaroo Island and parts of West Coast, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral districts.
The Bureau says that northerly winds will increase on Thursday morning in the west, extending eastwards over central parts during the day.
The winds are expected to average 50 to 70 km/h with gusts of around 80 to 100 km/h forecast in the warning area.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
- Secure or put away loose items around your property.
- Stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 215.