Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Severe weather warning updated

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

Issued at 12:14 pm EDT 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 around 50km/h with peak gusts of up to 120km/h are forecast for the East Coast district and 110km/h for the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the Central North, North East, Central Plateau and Midlands forecast districts.

Wind gusts of 133km/h have been recorded on Mt Wellington and 107km/h at Scotts Peak and Hartz Mountain 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 13 25 00.

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Wednesday.

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