Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Canberra
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
Issued at 5:47 pm Friday, 12 January 2018.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:45 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near The Brindabella National Park, The Brindabella Ranges and Brindabella. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Belconnen, Canberra Civic, Queanbeyan, Tuggeranong, Hall, Gungahlin, Canberra Airport, South Canberra, Weston Creek and Woden Valley by 6:15 pm.
Damaging winds are possible.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, 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 6:50 pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the South West Slopes, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina and Snowy Mountains districts.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.