Monday, May 4, 2015

Tuesday weather warnings

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued multiple weather warnings impacting on the Derwent Valley tomorrow. These include a severe weather warning for damaging winds, a flood watch, marine weather warning and a sheep graziers alert. Details follow.

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
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 4:03 pm  on Monday 4 May 2015.
 For all of Tasmania.
Weather Situation: An intense low pressure system to the west of Tasmania will pass to the south of the state on Tuesday. A cold front associated with the low will cross the state during Tuesday morning with a second front to cross during the afternoon and evening.
DAMAGING NORTHWEST to WESTERLY WINDS around 55 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for all of Tasmania on Tuesday, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Gusts may reach 110km/h about the West Coast. There may also be some damaging northerly winds about the west and north coasts during Tuesday morning, particularly if there are any thunderstorms.
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 11pm Monday.


Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 4:06pm on Monday 4 May 2015
for the period until midnight Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 5 May

Gale Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay 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 5am Tuesday.

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


Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and North East forecast districts
Issued at 4:07 pm EST on Monday 4 May 2015.
Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong northwesterly winds are expected during Tuesday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Central North, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and North East forecast districts. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The next warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.

INITIAL FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL NORTHERN, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN RIVER BASINS  Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.


A flood watch is issued for all northern, western and southern river basins of Tasmania.
A series of cold fronts will cross the state over the next few days and bring widespread rain to most areas. As rainfall accumulates, catchments will become increasingly saturated and minor flooding is possible in some catchments.
A strong cold front will cross the State during Tuesday. Widespread rainfall is forecast in the north and west, with daily totals of up to 30mm. Isolated higher isolated totals of up to about 50mm are possible about elevated areas.
River and stream rises may occur in northern and western river basins during Tuesday, with a small chance of localised minor flooding.
Further cold fronts will cross Tasmania on Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall totals of 20-30mm are possible each day, this time mainly in the west and south of the state. Again, higher totals are possible about elevated areas.
River and stream rises are likely in the Huon river basin from Tuesday eveningand into Wednesday.
Localised flooding of small creeks and low lying areas may occur in locations that receive heavy rainfall during Tuesday.
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. Flood warnings will be issued for specific river basins if required. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. 
  • FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au 
  • Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au 
  • For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
  • For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.
Weather Forecast: Rain, statewide during Tuesday.

Next Issue:The next flood watch will be issued by 10AM Tuesday 5 May 2015.

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

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