Wild weather causes power outages in the ACT

Michael Weaver 20 August 2020
Hail at Kingston

Hail at Kingston hit just as the last of the screws went into new roofing to repair damage from January’s hail. Photo: Kingston-Barton Residents Group.

Storms overnight and this morning are bringing havoc to Canberra, with fallen trees causing power outages across the Territory earlier today (19 August).

Outages have been reported in Watson, Belconnen, Higgins, Holt and Strathnairn, affecting approximately 1200 customers. Crews have restored power to most of the affected suburbs although EvoEnergy reports around 45 customers are still without power in Latham as at 1:00 pm, as well as some customers in Watson.

Crews are working to restore power.

A fallen tree that caused an outage in Latham today.

A fallen tree that caused an outage in Latham today. Photo: Evoenergy

Medium-sized hail has been reported in Kingston, while emergency services have also responded to storm and tree damage in Griffith and Dickson.

One resident sent photos of a hail storm this morning, noting that the hail fell just as the last of the repairs were being made to roofs damaged by January’s hailstorm.

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The weather is also causing a number of closures to ACT Government facilities, including Googong Dam which is closed to recreational users due to high winds. It will likely reopen on Friday.

Strong winds are forecast today, with an even stronger cold front hitting the region tomorrow. Snow is predicted to fall below 500 metres on Friday and Saturday.

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