Severe thunderstorm warning issued: Bridge on Molonglo River closed as ESA prepares for flood and severe thunderstorm risk in Canberra | The Canberra Times

Date: 2021-09-30 03:00:00

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall for people in ACT. Parts of Canberra experienced heavy rain, winds and hail on Thursday late afternoon. While the severe thunderstorm is still active, it is only touching the northern-most part of the territory. The storms moved quickly and impacted areas including Weston Creek and West Belconnen on Thursday night, the ESA said. Thunderstorms had started to develop north-west of the ACT just after 3pm and were heading in a south-easterly direction. The ACT State Emergency Service is closely monitoring the flood risk to the ACT following heavy rain Thursday morning, warning despite a low chance of riverine flooding “the situation could change quickly.” By 9am Thursday, 37.8mm of rain had been recorded at Canberra Airport, 32.2mm at Tuggeranong and 50mm in the wider region. The Oaks Estate bridge over the Molonglo River was closed at 10:41am Thursday due to water over the road. IN OTHER NEWS: “Showers will continue throughout the day with up to 6mm forecast to 10pm tonight,” the ESA said. “Severe thunderstorms are possible for the ACT this afternoon and may produce locally damaging wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.” The ESA has advised parents talk to their child about the risks of playing near stormwater drains or creeks. “[We] encourage their children to share this with their peers. Everyone should stay clear of stormwater drains and creeks during significant rainfall events.” Source: ESA Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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