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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Severe wind warning this afternoon

Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds for people in the 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 9:26 am EDT on Thursday 20 February 2014.

Damaging winds are forecast for all of Tasmania except for King Island.

Weather Situation
 A low pressure system to the south of Tasmania will intensify this afternoon before moving away to the east overnight.

Damaging westerly winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100km/h are forecast for the Furneaux Islands, North East, Central Plateau, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the North West Coast, Central North, Western and Midlands forecast districts from late afternoon.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
Take care when driving on exposed roads, bridges and causeways. Remain indoors as much as possible.
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 Thursday.

Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 10:08 am EDT on Thursday 20 February 2014
for the period until midnight EDT Friday 21 February 2014.

Wind Warnings for Thursday 20 February

Gale Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast

Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 4:05pm Thursday.

Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

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