Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts
Issued at 9:54pm on Friday 29 May 2015.
For western, southern and eastern Tasmania, south of a line from Smithton to Oatlands to Bicheno.
Weather Situation: A cold front approaching Tasmania from the west will cross the state on Saturday afternoon.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS 50 to 55 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for Saturday for the Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the North West Coast, Central Plateau, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts. Damaging winds are expected to commence late on Saturday morning and ease by late afternoon. Soft ground due to recent heavy rain about western parts of the state may cause trees to fall quite easily in strong winds.
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 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 5am Saturday.
Marine Wind Warnings for Saturday, May 30
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Central North Coast and Lower East 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 5am Saturday.
Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.