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South Australia hit by state-wide power outage

The whole of South Australia, an area four times the size of the UK, has been left without power as a major storm hits.

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Power has been knocked out across the whole of South Australia, as a massive storm tears its way across the state, with the state energy provider SA Power Networks reporting that it is not receiving supply from the transmission network.

With its website also down, SA Power Networks was left to inform South Australians of the outage via social media.

"We are not receiving upstream power supply from the transmission network and as such the whole state is currently without supply," said a post on SA Power Networks' Facebook page. "We ask that customers do not report their outages at the current time. We will provide updates via social media and our website as they become available."

The BOM radar shows a massive storm passing over Adelaide and South Australia.

Bureau of Meteorology

The state-wide outage comes as residents stare down a massive storm, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning that destructive winds could peak at 140kmh.

ABC Local Radio 891 in Adelaide sent out a message about the outage on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon before tweeting pictures of gridlocked traffic, and reports from the South Australian Department of Transport that "all electric trains and trams are currently down."

According to the ABC, the Department of Transport was "operating by torchlight."

It's not the first time South Australia has faced issues with power supply. In July, the state was hit by another perfect storm -- this time a convergence solar and wind supply issues as well as outages caused by routine maintenance -- which saw the state relying solely on gas for power. Wholesale prices jumped to AU$9,000 per megawatt hour, while prices across the rest of the country averaged roughly AU$65.

SA Power Networks is now warning residents to "brace for extended outages and ensure you conserve mobile device battery." Those who rely on power for medical devices are also being told, "be prepared to action your back up plan."