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Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology


Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Canberra


For people in parts of Canberra and Queanbeyan.

Issued at 4:57 pm Saturday, 21 September 2019.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:00 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near The Brindabella Ranges, Mount Franklin in the Brindabellas and Bendora Dam. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Woden Valley by 5:30 pm.

Damaging winds are likely.

The 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.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 6:00 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.