Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Severe weather warning today

Severe Weather Warning

for damaging winds
for people in the Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 6:06am on Wednesday 16 October 2013.

Damaging winds expected to develop during today over much of Tasmania.

Weather Situation

An intense low pressure system will pass well to the southwest of Tasmania today with an associated cold front to cross the state from the west this evening.

Damaging winds from the northwest of around 50 km/h with peak gusts of up to 110 km/h are forecast for the Western, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley, South East , North East, Central Plateau and Midlands forecast districts as well as inland parts of the Central North District. Motorists are advised that the gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous.

Winds gusts of 102 km/h have been recorded at Maatsuyker Island in the past 6 hours.

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 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11am Wednesday.

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