Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for destructive winds and damaging winds
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 9:20 pm EST on Thursday 31 July 2014.
For destructive winds about the south of the state and damaging winds elsewhere.
An intense low pressure system will pass to the south of the state overnight.
Destructive winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 125 km/h are forecast for the South East forecast district and parts of the Western, East Coast and Upper Derwent Valley forecast districts. An easing is expected during Friday.
Damaging winds around 50 km/h with peak gusts of up to 100 km/h are forecast for parts of the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Central Plateau and Midlands forecast districts. An easing is expected during Friday.
Over the last few hours, wind gusts of 139 km/h have been recorded at Maatsuyker Island, 122 km/h at Scotts Peak Dam and 119 km/h at Strahan Airport.
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
- 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 5:00 am EST Friday.
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.