Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Severe weather warning: wind

Severe Weather Warning
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts 

Issued at 4.48pm  on Tuesday 13 August 2013.

Weather Situation
An area of low pressure will pass to the south of Tasmania overnight, with an associated cold front to cross the state from the west this evening and overnight.
Damaging winds around 50 to 60km/h with peak gusts of 100 to 110km/h are forecast for the whole state this evening and gusts of 120km/h are possible about the west coast in thunderstorms. Damaging winds are expected to gradually contract to the far northeast early on Wednesday.
Drivers are advised that gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous on many roads around Tasmania.
Scotts Peak had a gust of 141km/h at 4.34pm. About other elevated and exposed areas in western and southern Tasmania, gusts of 110 to 120km/h have been recorded this afternoon. A gust of 96km/h was recorded at 2pm in Hobart.
The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 13 25 00

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Tuesday.

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