4 October 2023

Warning issued for fast-moving, severe thunderstorms across Canberra

| Claire Fenwicke
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localised thunderstorm warning

Severe thunderstorms are set to hit the ACT region. Photo: BoM.

Fast-moving and severe thunderstorms have been predicted for the ACT over the next several hours as a vigorous cold front and associated upper trough sweep across the Capital region.

Storms have already been detected on the radar near Weston Creek and the Tidbinbilla tracking station and they’re moving southeast.

They’re expected to impact Belconnen, Canberra Civic, Queanbeyan, Tuggeranong, Hall, Gungahlin, Canberra Airport, South Canberra and Woden Valley within the next half hour.

Damaging winds are likely.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move your car 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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill
  • Unplug computers and appliances
  • Avoid using the phone during the storm
  • Stay indoors, away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

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