16 January 2020

Warnings issued for storms and slippery roads

| Michael Weaver
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A thunderstorm is likely, with possible heavy rain this afternoon and evening. Photo: File.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is warning Canberrans of dangerous conditions as heavy rain and thunderstorms begin to make their way across the Territory.

“Later today a thunderstorm is likely, with possible heavy rain this afternoon and evening,” a BOM spokesperson said.

A road weather alert and severe thunderstorm warning have also been issued.

“Slippery roads and reduced visibility in heavy rain with thunderstorms will make driving conditions dangerous during Thursday afternoon and evening in the Canberra area.

“Motorists are advised to take extreme care,” the BOM spokesperson said.

The BOM also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in the Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of the South Coast. Locations which may be affected include Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Yass and Dubbo.

“Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire-affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.

Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall,” the BOM spokesperson said.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency said severe storms can cause major damage.

“They may be accompanied by torrential rain, strong winds, large hailstones and lightning, which can cause flash flooding, unroof buildings and damage trees or power lines,” the ESA said.

“You can also be indirectly affected by storms even if your property is not damaged. If access roads are cut or you have no power or telephone, you need to know what to do – and where to turn for help.”

There is more information about how to prepare for storms and floods on the ACTSES StormSafe brochure and the ACTSES StormSafe “8 Tips you can do now to prepare for storms”.

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