Another severe thunderstorm warning for Canberra

Date: 2022-01-07 07:12:49

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have issued a severe weather warning in Canberra for Friday evening, 7 December.

The BOM warns that, at 5:50 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Yass and Wee Jasper. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. The severe weather warning is for heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and large hailstones.

They are expected to affect Belconnen, Canberra Civic, Tuggeranong, Hall, Gungahlin, Canberra Airport, South Canberra, Weston Creek and Woden Valley by 6:20 pm and Queanbeyan by 6:50 pm.

The ACT State Emergency Service advises to:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Stay indoors away from windows and keep children and pets indoors as well.
  • Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
  • Motorist are advised to take caution while driving.
  • Remember to never drive, walk, or ride through floodwater.

For assistance in a storm or flood call the ACTSES on 132 500, in a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000). Visit www.esa.act.gov.au/be-emergency-ready or www.bom.gov.au for more information.

The warning comes after Canberra was smashed by a thunderstorm and large hailstones earlier this week, leaving thousands in Belconnen without power.

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