Wind gusts of up to 90 km/h are causing mayhem on Canberra roads this afternoon, with powerlines blocking the Monaro Highway near the intersection of Willows Road just north of Michelago, traffic lights out at several major intersections and a severe thunderstorm warning for the region.
ACT Policing also said traffic lights are out at the intersections of Erindale Drive/Drakeford Drive, Drakeford Drive/Tavener Street and Hindmarsh Drive/Streeton Drive.
Nearly 1,400 homes are without power in Duffy, Greenway, Holder, Kambah, Oxley, Rivett, Wanniassa and Weston, but Evoenergy expects the outage to be resolved by 5:30 pm today.
The Bureau of Meteorology has initiated a severe thunderstorm warning, forecasting dry conditions and strong winds for Canberra over Friday evening and throughout Saturday. Average wind speeds of between 50 and 60 km/h are expected throughout most of Saturday before easing on Sunday
ACT Health is also advising Canberrans that air quality may deteriorate this afternoon due to atmospheric dust.
“Although the ACT Health Directorate’s air quality monitoring stations are currently registering normal levels of dust particles, people who may be more sensitive to dust in the air, particularly people with asthma and other heart or lung conditions, should take precautions to avoid an exacerbation of their condition,” an ACT Health spokesperson said.
“ACT Health Directorate will continue to monitor the air quality in the ACT throughout the day and will advise the public if additional public health advice is warranted.”
More to come.