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PORT Augusta is in recovery mode after a sever thunderstorm and lingering cold front lashed the city with damaging winds and rain over Wednesday and Thursday.

The weather caused the entire state to lose power on Wednesday afternoon.

South Australia was hit by more than 80,000 lightning strikes, including a direct strike on a power station, during savage storms that brought down 22 electricity transmission poles.

 About 75,000 South Australian homes are without power on Thursday morning, after the state lost power. 

The city was without power for over 18 hours until lights switched back on at around midday on Thursday.

Other parts of the state resumed power on Wednesday night.

It could take at least a week before power is fully restored to all parts of SA.

Check out our state-wide coverage here.

Local police were on alert during the blackout, and spent much of Wednesday and Thursday having regular meetings with emergency services, offering support, particularly with fuel availability.

“A lot of what we’ve been doing is about co-ordinating resources and making sure everyone has what they need,” Inspector Humby said.

“We were aware of the issue around traffic lights, but we thought people were really well behaved.

“Especially on a night when there’s no street lights, people were very cautious and careful.”

There has been no significant damage to Port Augusta City Council's services or facilities.

Mr Banks said council’s Works and Parks staff have been ‘fantastic’ in attending to the area most impacting Council, fallen trees.

“I have to commend our Works and Parks staff for doing a great job in difficult conditions,” Mr Banks said.

“Sourcing fuel for vehicles and generators has been a challenge but thankfully our staff had prepared prior to the event.”

Not all properties escaped unharmed, with several loose fences suffering from the winds.

A yachtwas also dragged within metres of the Port Augusta foreshore.

Port Augusta remained cautious after Wednesday’s front, after the SES warned the one-in-50-year storm still had plenty of grunt.

The whole ordeal culminated in what looked like would be a damaging king tide king tide on Thursday night.

Local SES crews were calling for volunteers to help sand bag in expectation of a tidal flood of the CBD. 

However, the tide began receding just before 8pm after engulfing the northern end of the Joy Baluch Bridge, but falling well short of the southern foreshore.

Port Augusta Police Inspector Ian Humby said residents needed to be aware of the tidal surge, and prepare alternative travel plans just in case.

“While there’s some levies on the banks, we anticipate it will cover the northern end of the Joy Baluch Bridge,” Inspector Humby said.

“Remain indoors if you can, and please avoid crossing the bridge during those hours.”

Petrol stations reopened in Port Augusta on Thursday afternoon, sparking long delays at the bowser. 

But it was business as usual for some parts of the city, despite the power outage on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Several businesses remained open, using generator power, which saw a huge influx in demand. 

Emma's Deli staff remained at their convenience store all night, and had heavy foot traffic throughout the night. 

Gotta Be Fish continued to make pizzas yesterday evening, the Stirling North general store was open for business and Ian Western Hotel's generator power meant the front bar was full. 

Some parts of Port Augusta remained in shut down on Thursday, including several schools declaring pupil-free days.

​Businesses are now only just getting the chance to count the cost of the week’s weather events.

The SA storm and blackout had a 'huge' impact on a Port Augusta pharmacyand saw other businesses close their doors for the week.

Emergency assistance grants have been made available by the state government for those affected by the statewide power outages.

To find out if you’re eligible and how to apply, visit this page.

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