Thousands of people in Canberra spent the night without power after a severe thunderstorm swept though the city's northwest, toppling trees and damaging homes and cars.
The districts of Belconnen and Gungahlin were worst hit by the storm, which lashed the ACT about 5:00pm.
Large hailstones and strong winds hammered homes and trees, and cars were crushed in several locations.
The ACT State Emergency Service said it received 436 calls for help, adding its staff and volunteers worked throughout the night in response.
More than half of these requests remained outstanding at 6:30am.
Power provider EvoEnergy said more than 16,000 homes had been without electricity "across most of Belconnen", and called for patience as it sent crews out to repair downed power lines.
The business's spokeswoman, Alison Davis, said there was not yet a time frame to restore all of the services.
"This morning we've got about 3,200 customers still without power and that's across the suburbs of Belconnen and Gungahlin districts," she said.
A massive clean-up operation began last night and continues this morning.
Acting ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Rohan Scott said crews had prioritised removing trees from roads but the damage was widespread.
"Water in houses, some localised flooding but predominantly trees down on cars, houses, powerlines and across the road," he said.
"There were quite a lot of roads blocked due to some significant trees. The size of the trees was quite large.
"Some of the crews were on one tree for more than three hours."
Residents in multiple suburbs said they were forced to flee for cover and were busy trying to remove trees and other debris from roads.
"Just finished clearing two large gum trees off the road and we have no power," Zoe Bailey said.
"I bailed when the hail came in and the verandah no longer provided shelter," Hawker resident Jeffrey Dau said.
Justin Cook encountered a car that had been crushed by a tree.
"I offered them help ... they are ok but climbed out of the wreckage," he said.
Claire Londero watched the storm from inside her Latham residence before joining in to help remove obstacles from the road.
"Trees down, lots of hail, it was smashing directly into our windows. [Four] of us had to cut up a gumtree on the road," she said.
In Strathnairn, Paige Madsen watched on as her patio roof was blown away by the wind.
"We didn?t have much time to react," she said.
"We heard a bit of thunder and expected rain but within a couple of minutes, we had already lost the patio.
"We were never able to get through to SES but luckily we were able to use tools we had at home and get everything out of the neighbour's yard and secure it."
She described the ordeal as "very scary".
"Definitely wasn?t expecting it to be that bad," she said.
Other parts of Canberra were relatively untouched by the storm, with those in the inner city reporting only brief, heavy rain.
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