Severe thunderstorm warning for Canberra
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the ACT, following the warm weather Canberra has experienced today.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have predicted damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall for the region, and Canberrans have been encouraged to take precautions.
Canberra, Batemans Bay as well as Wagga Wagga and Albury all fall within the warning zone.
"The thunderstorms are moving eastward, they might miss Canberra but it is a bit hard to call at the moment [and] there's still a chance of a thunderstorm through Canberra," a BOM spokeswoman said.
Canberrans have been advised to stay indoors and off the telephone in the event of a thunderstorm in their area.
"The atmosphere's boiling and there's some moisture about [and] there's certainly a wind velocity that could give us gusty winds," the spokeswoman said.
Despite a number of users on social media site Twitter reporting that Canberra Airport has been closed due to the weather, a spokeswoman for the airport said the facility was still open. While some individual flights may be delayed, the airport itself was fully operational.
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