A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Adelaide, South Australia on Wednesday evening, leaving huge swaths of the state without electricity. Police warned it could be an extended outage and told people to stay off the roads. “Three transmission lines and nine towers have been taken down,” they said.

The storm prompted gusts of wind up to 87 km per hour (54 mph) and hailstones which rained down in parts of the state. The hashtag #AdelaideStorm soon gained momentum as residents turned to social media to share their experiences. People posted tweets which summed up the power outage in Adelaide. READ MORE