Severe Weather Warning


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Furneaux Islands, North East and East Coast forecast districts

Issued at 10:49 am EST on Tuesday 3 May 2016.

Weather Situation

Strong northwesterly winds precede a cold front which is currently crossing Tasmania. Winds are forecast to ease behind the front.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the Furneaux Islands and North East forecast districts and parts of the East Coast forecast district.

The Severe Weather Warning for the King Island, North West Coast, Central North and Midlands forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Several elevated and coastal sites have recorded wind gusts in excess of 100 km/h, with the strongest gust of 130 km/h at Maatsuyker Island. Devonport has received a gust of 102 km/h, Hobart 83 km/h and Launceston Airport 83 km/h.

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
  • 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 for further advice

For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 pm EST Tuesday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.