Strong winds hit ACTWednesday December 5, 2012 - 13:23 EDT
ACT emergency services have taken more than 26 calls for help across Canberra because of damage from high winds.
A severe weather warning for damaging winds is in place as a cold front with vigorous west to south-westerly winds moves through south-east Australia.
Winds are forecast to reach around 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 110km/h in parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and ACT.
Most calls for help have been about fallen trees and branches across roads and pathways around Yarralumla, Wanniassa, Chifley and Scullin.
The ACT State Emergency Service is advising residents to secure any loose items around the home and move their cars under cover.
© ABC 2012
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