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LUCKY ESCAPE FOR WOMAN 82
Tree cuts house in halves
An elderly woman has made a lucky escape after a tree sliced her house in half, after two
days of severe weather warnings across South Australia.
Two SES crews were called to the house at Aldgate, in the Adelaide Hills, just after
11:00am on Thursday to rescue the 82-year-old woman who was trapped inside.
According to the ABC, it took crews about half an hour to free her.
The SA Ambulance Service said the woman was taken to nearby Mount Barker Hospital,
with minor injuries.
The massive tree crashed into the woman’s home in strong winds, destroying most of her
house and carport, as well as damaging her car.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon Timcke said parts of the Adelaide Hills
recorded wind gusts of more than 90 kilometres per hour.
“The windiest conditions were around the higher ground of the Mount Lofty ranges, with
wind gusts of 93kph recorded at Mount Crawford just after 1:00pm,” Mr Timcke said.
“The biggest gust at Mount Lofty was 69kph just after 9:00am.”
The SES had responded to 60 callouts by late Thursday afternoon in the Adelaide Hills
and Fleurieu Peninsula.
Adelaide, South Australia