Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rain
for people in the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts
Issued at 4:55 pm EST on Wednesday 30 July 2014.
For damaging winds for all of Tasmania, and for heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding for northern Tasmania.
A cold front approaching Tasmania from the west will cross the state during Thursday. An intense low pressure system will pass to the south of the state on Thursday night.
Damaging west to northwest winds of 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for all of Tasmania this evening and overnight. Localised gusts may reach 110km/h about the west overnight and the north during Thursday. Damaging winds are expected to contract to the northeast and Furneaux Islands during Thursday and may return to the west and far south on Thursday evening. Wet ground due to recent heavy rain may make trees fall more easily in gusty conditions.
Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for the North West Coast, Central North, North East and Central Plateau forecast districts.
Over the last 3 hours, wind gusts of 90 to 120km/h have been recorded at exposed parts of the west and far south, and a gust of 93km/h was recorded at Friendly Beaches.
The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
- Supervise children closely
- Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
- Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
- Manage pets and livestock
- Be prepared in case of power outages
- Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving
- Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters
- Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
- Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Wednesday.
This warning is 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 this warning being broadcast regularly.