South Australia suffers biggest blackout since 2016 as weather system brings more flooding to inland NSW

Wild storms have caused the biggest blackout in South Australia since the entire state went dark in 2016.

More than 423,000 lightning strikes were recorded on Sunday. Heavy winds downed trees and SA Power Networks received more than 500 reports of fallen wires.

About 163,000 homes and businesses lost power as SA was cut off from the nation’s electricity grid after the interconnector with Victoria went down. Some will not be reconnected until Wednesday.

A SAPN spokesperson, Paul Roberts, said in one sense the weekend’s outages were worse than the 2016 event because it would take “a lot longer” to fix as the network had to be rebuilt, not just reconnected.

“The statewide blackout was essentially reorganising supply in the network … building us back up from zero supply,” he told ABC radio on Monday morning. “This is actually about rebuilding the network.”

In New South Wales, flash flooding has forced evacuations and seen dozens of flood rescues. Molong, the historic down…

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This article was written by Tory Shepherd with Australian Associated Press and originally published on