News Alerts

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).

Severe Weather Warning for the ACT – Update

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) are responding to 21 requests for assistance across Canberra, mostly involving fallen trees.

Severe thunderstorms have temporarily eased; however, further severe thunderstorms are still possible. The situation is being closely monitored and further detailed warnings will be issued as necessary.

The highest wind speed recorded was a gust of 98kph at 5:15pm, just to the northwest of the ACT.

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).

Severe Weather Warning for the ACT – Thunderstorm and strong winds

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for the ACT due to severe thunderstorms, which are likely to produce damaging winds across the ACT over the next several hours.

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT State Emergency Services are already responding to several requests for assistance.

Urban areas of the ACT may see gusts of 40-50Kph tonight and into tomorrow.

ACT 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 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 (000).

The next BoM warning is due to be issued by 8:25 pm.

Motor Vehicle Accident in Phillip

Emergency Services have responded to a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles on Melrose Drive in Phillip this morning.

ACT Ambulance have transported two patients with minor injuries to the Canberra Hospital.

ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Policing are in attendance.

Congratulations to ACT Fire & Rescue Members

Last night 44 members of ACT Fire and Rescue were Recognised for their length of service and good conduct.

One member, Mr Jeff Southwell, received his medal clasp for 40 years of service.

As well as these outstanding contributions, Commander Jason Jones received a Chief Officer’s Meritorious Service Medal.

ESA Congratulates all members of ACT Fire and Rescue who received awards last night.