Environment

Severe weather warning for the Canberra region

The ACT State Emergency Service has received 16 calls for help, mainly about trees on roads, during Friday's storm.

Five ACTSES units along with ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service crews, including the Parks Brigade, were responding to incidents. 

Maria Bendall, right, of Macgregor and Margaret Klemmer, of Page outside the High Court on their way to the Tom Roberts ...
Maria Bendall, right, of Macgregor and Margaret Klemmer, of Page outside the High Court on their way to the Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. Photo: Scott Hannaford

"Windy conditions are expected to continue through until this evening. Residents should also ensure they tie down or put away any loose items including outdoor furniture and children's toys to avoid strong winds turning them into dangerous projectiles," the Emergency Services Agency said in a statement. 


 

No major damage or injuries have been reported.

The entire ACT is covered by the Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather warning with rain and damaging winds continuing for the territory and large parts of southern NSW.

It says strong winds are expected ahead of a cold front that is moving across the state. 

"Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h were expected about the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, ACT and parts of the Central Tablelands, Riverina and Central West Slopes and plains both ahead of and as the cold front moves through," the bureau said.

"Areas above 1900 metres may experience winds averaging 80 to 90km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110km/h."

The bureau said a cold front moving across NSW during Friday was bringing vigorous west to northwesterly winds to many southern areas ahead of the front, with a very gusty west to southwesterly change moving through along the front.

The State Emergency Service said people should: 

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony. 
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines. 
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.