Sudden thunderstorm hits Canberra, no damage yet

Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013

thunderstormThe State Emergency Service received nine calls for help and three suburbs experienced power outages after a sudden thunderstorm brought rain, hail and lightning to Canberra Thursday evening.

“Wind gusts of 93km/h, along with some hail and 25mm of rainfall in 10 minutes, were recorded at Canberra airport,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.The bureau had issued a severe thunderstorm warning as the storm hit about 6.30pm, but it quickly crossed the territory heading south-east towards the coast and the warning was lifted 45 minutes later.

Power outages were there in Lyneham, North Lyneham and Mitchell at 6.40pm, with services restored in North Lyneham and Mitchell at 9pm. An ActewAGL spokesman said power was expected to be restored at Lyneham by 11.30pm on Thursday. Minor outages in Hackett and Watson were restored quickly.

ACT Fire & Rescue attended sites where trees were hit by lightning at Ngunnawal, Mitchell and the northern end of Majura Road.The bureau’s statement at 7.13pm said the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms had passed, after they had been detected on weather radar near Belconnen, Hall, Gungahlin and Gundaroo about 6.30pm, when large hailstones and damaging winds were considered likely.

For Friday, the Canberra area can expect scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms clearing in the afternoon, with between two and six millimetres of rain and a top of 26 degrees forecast.However, the weekend is expected to bring a mostly sunny Saturday, with isolated showers on Sunday.

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