A serious thunderstorm has hit the southern hemisphere and knocked out power across the country, leaving thousands without electricity.
The severe thunderstorms were centered in New South Wales and the ACT and left more than 100,000 without electricity across South Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, the ABC has reported.
More than 3,500 homes and businesses were without power across parts of Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.
The state’s Chief Health Officer said that many people were in their homes for more than 24 hours and the severe weather was the most severe since the summer of 2012.
She said that the storm knocked out phone lines, power and other vital infrastructure.
“This is a severe event and it is extremely challenging to assess the impacts of severe thunder storms on the infrastructure of our state,” Dr Clare Kavanagh said.
Dr Kavanagh said that despite the severity of the storm, the health of those in affected areas was good.
“We are looking at very high rates of hospitalisation, but there is no evidence that people will be needing additional hospital treatment,” she said.
“So the question is, do we need more hospitalisation or are we going to be able to treat people at home?”
The state has declared a state of emergency.
“There is an enormous amount of activity going on and we expect to have significant disruption for the remainder of the week,” Dr Kavanaghan said.
People were advised to go to work and not return to work until they could get to safety.
A spokesperson for the state Emergency Management Agency said they had been notified of the weather.
“The agency will continue to monitor conditions as they evolve and advise local authorities of any further updates,” they said.