Wild winds bring down trees, cut power in Canberra (ABC) - ( 4U5TR4L14 )

A tree uprooted on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.ABC A tree uprooted on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston.

Emergency services are being kept busy as wild weather hits the Canberra region.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds as a strong cold front moves across the ACT and surrounding region.

Wind gusts of 82 kilometres per hour have been recorded in Canberra, while in Goulburn gusts have topped 102 kph.

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Tony Graham from the State Emergency Service says

The State Emergency Service had received 75 calls for help by 2:30pm, mostly for branches and trees across roads and pathways.

“They’ve been really widespread across suburban Canberra … there’s been some significant damage,” said SES spokesman Tony Graham.

“A home in Duntroon has had a large tree topple on top of it, there’ve been cars in Cook and Amaroo that have been damaged by the trees and there have been a number of trees that have come down onto powerlines.”

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has been closed until further notice due to the high winds. The visitor centre remains open.

Bushfire danger

with wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour predicted for a vast swathe of the state.

An out-of-control bushfire has shut the Pacific Highway just south of Taree on the state’s mid-north coast.

A total fire ban has been declared in response to extreme to severe fire conditions in seven areas of the state.


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