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Australian storms cause $100 million in crop damage

Staff Writer |
Thousands of properties are without power and parts of Port Augusta have been inundated after wild storms devastated parts of Australi and wiped out around $100 million in crop damage.

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The storm, the third in three months, lashed Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges felling trees and damaging homes.

SA Power Networks say about 155,000 customers were affected by the storms and that power was restored to 139,000 of those customers by 3pm Thursday. That left about 16,000 homes without power.

It’s another setback for primary producers after hail shredded vineyards, stone fruit and citrus in the Riverland last month and October flooding crippled vegetable growers in the Adelaide Plains.

Primary Producers SA chairman Rob Kerin said the storm was the latest in a series of natural disasters that had ruined an “otherwise fantastic growing season”.

Farmers who had yet to bring in what was proving to be a bumper grain crop, could see prices fall between $50-80 a tonne due to a significant downgrade in quality.

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