BOM issues severe thunderstorm warning for ACT, as Canberrans report fallen trees, flooding and storm damage | The Canberra Times

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A severe thunderstorm warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the ACT remains on Monday afternoon, as the ACT Emergency Services responds to calls of storm damage in western Canberra. The ESA incident map shows reports of fallen trees and other storm damage in suburbs including Stirling, Waramanga, Rivett, Holder, Belconnen, Cook, Curtin, Aranda and Weston. Flood damage has been reported in Waramanga, Kambah and Holder. There was also a report of an impacted power line in Stirling. “Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours,” the bureau said at about 2.30pm. “A high pressure system near New Zealand and a trough over the state’s interior are combining to draw humid and unsettled conditions across the state, resulting in severe thunderstorm activity.” A tree was seen to have fallen down in Waramanga as a result of the storm. Locations which may be affected also include Cooma, Selwyn, Bredbo, Adaminaby and Nimmitabel. BOM forecaster Stephen Stefanac said there was a low pressure trough over western NSW. “That’s drawing in a humid and unsettled air mass from the tropics. So imagine you’ve got northeasterly winds, it’s dragging that moisture down from tropical regions into New South Wales and the ACT, and it’s very unsettled,” he said. “Over the past few days now we’ve seen storms devolve across parts of New South Wales and the ACT, and often they’ve been producing localized heavy rainfall … and occasionally they have the potential to produce other things, other phenomena like damaging winds. ” Mr Stefanac said there could possibly be a severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, but rain was expected to hold off from about Thursday for the rest of the week. “There is a possibility again, particularly [Tuesday] afternoon [and] evening, that we might have to put out another severe thunderstorm warning forecasting storms and showers about the region again, “he said.” It looks like from Wednesday on start it will start to settle down for the ICT region. There might be a lingering shower or two on Wednesday, but the potential for heavy rainfall is decreasing by Wednesday. “And then from Thursday onwards looking pretty settled as we head into the weekend for the ACT region.” The State Emergency Service advises that people should: Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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