More thunderstorms forecast as ACT services help Canberrans


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After the thunderstorms on ACT last night, ACT State Emergency Services (ACTSES) received over 200 Requests for Assistance (RFAs), with similar weather forecast for this afternoon, Sunday, December 19.

The ACTSES crews, assisted by the firefighters from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service, were busy helping the Canberra community clear fallen trees and carry out emergency repairs.

ACTSES received 203 RFAs, 105 completed by 9.25am today as assistance continues to be provided throughout the day.

Canberrans are told to stay on alert with the Bureau of Meteorology and predict storms that could re-impact ACT this afternoon, similar to yesterday.

The ACTSES have issued a number of recommendations for Canberraners to prepare for storm activity:

  • Put your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or stow loose items around the house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep at least 8 meters away from dropped power lines or objects that could be live, such as B. Fences.
  • Stay away from windows around the house and keep children and pets indoors too.
  • For immediate assistance in the event of floods and storms, call ACTSES on 132 500.
  • If the incident is life threatening, call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

For assistance in the event of a storm or flood, call ACTSES on 132 500, or Triple Zero (000) for a life-threatening emergency.

Visit www.esa.act.gov.au/be-emergency-ready or www.bom.gov.au for more information.

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