Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Canberra and Queanbeyan.

Issued at 3:10 pm Monday, 31 January 2022.

Weather Situation: 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.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:10 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Woden Valley. These thunderstorms are moving towards the north. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Belconnen, Canberra Civic and South Canberra by 3:40 pm and Hall and Gungahlin by 4:10 pm.

Damaging, locally destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

26.2 mm of rainfall recorded at Tuggeranong in 30 minutes.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.