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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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Severe Weather Warning

for HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in Furneaux Islands, North East, East Coast and parts of Central North Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:33 am Saturday, 15 December 2018.

HEAVY RAIN ACROSS PARTS OF THE EAST AND NORTHEAST TODAY AND ON SUNDAY

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Weather Situation:A very moist east to northeasterly airstream with embedded thunderstorms is being directed over Tasmania today until Sunday afternoon

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible across parts of the east and northeast of Tasmania today and tomorrow. Rainfall in these areas is expected to gradually increase during today, however the heaviest falls are expected this evening and early Sunday morning.

Generally, rainfall totals of 100 mm to 150 mm are possible within the warning area over the remainder of today and into Sunday morning. However, elevated, windward terrain may recieve higher totals, especially in the northeast. Heavy bursts of rain may also be experienced in thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Scottsdale, Whitemark, St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno and Fingal.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Supervise children closely.
* Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
* Manage pets and livestock.
* Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.
* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.
* Be prepared in case of power outages and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
* Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEDT Saturday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.