Severe Weather Warning for the ACT – Update

ACT Emergency Services Agency advises that the haze seen across Canberra is dust caused by wind, not smoke.

The damaging wind warning is still in place, with wind speed averaging 50-60kph in urban areas, and peak gusts in excess of 90kph predicted for Alpine areas.

From mid afternoon, damaging winds may possibly also affect the remainder of the Snowy Mountains district and also parts of the Southern Tablelands, Illawarra and South Coast districts. This afternoons wind is expected to average 80-90kph with peak gusts in excess of 120kph likely for Alpine areas over 1900 metres.

Winds are currently expected to ease later on Sunday.

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT State Emergency Service have responded to six requests for assistance across Canberra this morning, mostly involving fallen trees and roofs.

ACT Emergency Services Agency reminds drivers to take precaution on the roads and drive to conditions.

The ACTSES 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 eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.

For assistance during storms and flood call 132 500.
For life-threatening emergencies call Emergency Triple Zero (E000).

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