There are widespread power outages across Canberra following last night’s severe thunderstorms, as the city braces for today’s heatwave.
At 11:30 pm on Friday, 8 December, an ACT State Emergency Service spokesperson said they were responding to hundreds of calls.
“There are widespread power outages and power lines down,” the spokesperson said.
“Approximately 9000 people are currently without power.
“The SES attends the most urgent requests first, so we appreciate your patience.
“If you feel unsafe where you currently are, consider contacting or staying with friends or family.”
Evoenergy has advised outages will continue well into today, and with temperatures forecast to reach 37 degrees people should plan accordingly.
Evoenergy advises people to stay at least 10m away from fallen or damaged powerlines and report incidents to 131 093.
Current power outage details are available at Outages – Evoenergy
A number of roads were also impacted by the storm – for the latest details head to Road closures – City Services (act.gov.au)
The SES advises residents, particularly those impacted by power outages, to be aware of the risk of heat-related illness and plan ahead to keep yourself and others safe.
Heat can make anyone sick, but people over 65 years old, the very young, those with a pre-existing medical condition and those that work outside are most at risk.
Heat-related illness can range from mild conditions, such as a rash or cramps to heatstroke – which is life-threatening.
The ACT Ambulance Service advises:
- Drinking plenty of water – always take a bottle with you.
- Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Seek out air-conditioned buildings, use a fan, take cool showers, and dress in light, loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat.
- If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Know the symptoms of heat-related illness and visit your GP or a Walk-in Centre if you or someone around you is unwell.
- Look after those most at risk in the heat – your friends and family or your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.