Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Canberra Region

UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has now been cancelled for the ACT

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Canberra region, which are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall over the next several hours.

Overnight we have seen just over 30mm of rain at Canberra Airport leading to 15 requests for assistance. These jobs mainly consisted of leaking rooves and downed trees.

Our ACTSES volunteers are working to make a number of areas safe from these incidents, and will continue to respond to requests as they come in.

The ACT 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.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
  • Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the ACTSES on 132 500.
  • If your life is in danger, contact Emergency Triple Zero (000)