Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmanian Regional Office
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDSFor people in the Upper Derwent Valley, Furneaux Islands, Western, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 6:21 pm Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
A deep low pressure system is passing to the south of Tasmania at the moment, while a cold front lying from Bicheno to Low Head is moving east. Winds about the north will ease slightly as the cold front moves away, with winds expected to remain strong and gusty about the south until the low moves away to the southeast overnight.
DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are likely throughout eastern, southern and central Tasmania. Winds should continue to ease from the northwest through tonight and early tomorrow.
Trees may fall over more easily than usual due to saturated soil conditions.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the King Island and North West Coast districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
In the last three hours, wind gusts of 145 km/h have been observed at Maatsuyker Island, with 139 on Mt Read, 122 on Scotts Peak and 120 on Hartz Mountains. At lower elevation 122 kph was recorded at Cape Grim and Eddystone Point, with 98 kph at Hobart and 93 kph at Hobart Airport.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Supervise children closely.
* Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
* Manage pets and livestock.
* Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment.
* 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 emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11pm Wednesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.