Bureau of Meteorology
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 4:57am on Friday 22 July 2016.
Strong to gale force and gusty northwesterly winds are currently affecting Tasmania as a low pressure system move close by the southwest of the state. The winds will shift westerly during the afternoon today as a cold front crosses the state this afternoon.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the King Island forecast district and parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, and Western forecast districts during Friday morning and afternoon.
DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast across the whole of Tasmania during Friday afternoon and evening.
In the 6 hours to 5am the highest winds gusts were 109km/h at Mt Read and Mt Wellington, and 106km/h at Strahan and Low Rocky Point.
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 132 500
The next warning will be issued by 11am Friday.