10 August 2020

Severe weather warning issued for damaging winds as trees fall across Canberra

| Lachlan Roberts
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Trees fall across Canberra as severe and damaging winds continue in the ACT today.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the ACT for damaging winds, with winds expected to average 60 to 70 km per hour and peak gusts in excess of 90 km per hour possible.

Winds in the Canberra area are expected to ease this evening.

ACT Emergency Service Agency is currently responding to eight fallen tree incidents across the ACT, including one tree on a vehicle.

A tree has fallen on a power line and a back fence in Farrar with six other trees falling on, and blocking roads.

As hot temperatures and strong winds continue into the afternoon, emergency services advise the community to take extra care when walking or travelling near trees and to not park vehicles under trees.

If you require non-life threatening emergency assistance please call 132 500. In life-threatening emergencies call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
  • Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences;
  • Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill;
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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