Blackouts continue after storm hit parts of Canberra | Canberra weather

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About 3,200 people are still without power after heavy hail, wind and rain hit Canberra on Monday evening. An EvoEnergy spokesperson called it a “very serious situation”. “We know it’s incredibly troublesome, it’s absolutely due to the severity of the storm damage,” they said. The energy supplier called off all other work for Tuesday with crews focusing on restoring outages for the day. “We are prioritizing the most severely damaged infrastructure,” the spokesperson said. “We are looking to turn on the power as soon as possible, everything is on the bridge.” EvoEnergy said in an average storm branches will fall and damage power lines, however, as of Monday evening, entire trees fell. “There is more serious damage than you usually expect,” they said. Affected areas include Belconnen, Flynn, Fraser, Gungahlin, Hall, Nicholls, Springrange, Sutton, Flynn, Fraser, Melba, Spence, Macgregor, Holt, Latham, Florey, Page, Scullin, Weetangera, Hawker, Aranda, Bruce, Cook, Macquarie and O’Connor. At the height of the storm, about 16,029 customers suffered outages on Monday evening. The emergency services agency ACT received more than 190 requests for help Monday evening following severe thunderstorms and hail, which mainly affected Belconnen and Gungahlin. Canberrans reported trees falling on houses, damaged power lines, localized flooding and water damage. There was flood damage at Charnwood, but ESA said no injuries were reported from the storm. IN OTHER NEWS: Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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