Wind spares nowhere

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The wild weather of last week did not spare anyone, with the Arno Bay Sporting Complex also falling victim to strong wind gusts, the strongest of which was 102 kilometres per hour at 11.08am.

On Thursday morning, Arno Bay Community Sporting Association president Jeremy Calliss received a call to inform him of damage at the complex

“At about 8am, I got a call to say that there was damage here (at the complex), so it must have happened early in the morning,” Mr Calliss said.

“There was nothing we could do but disconnect the power.”

Nearby, motorists were struggling to see the road due to the dust storms.

Stacey Lawrie had to pull off of the Arno Bay Road on Thursday as she was unable to see other vehicles on the road.

“It was the scariest drive to work ever, I couldn’t even turn around and go home because I couldn’t see anything,” Mrs Lawrie said.

Similarly, Rhonda Collins was travelling through Cleve on the way to Port Lincoln from Whyalla and also got stuck in the dust storms.

“The closer we got to Arno Bay the thicker the dust got, once we turned of the highway heading towards Cleve it got very bad all we could see was thick orange dust and could not see one-foot in front of us,” she said.

“The front of my van was sand blasted enough that it took all the chrome off the front.”

In Port Neill, the dust storms limited visibility to the point where the full view of the bay could not be seen.

Another local, Merridy Briese grew tired of sweeping her paddocks out of her house, and decided to use copies of the Eyre Peninsula Tribune in the gaps of her doors to try and keep some of the dust out.

Fortunately, the rain kicked in on Thursday afternoon  with 15 millimetres recorded at Kimba, and 12.6 millimetres at Cleve.