Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmanian Regional Office
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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDSFor people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, South East, East Coast and parts of the North East, North West Coast, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 3:44 pm Thursday, 20 October 2016.
A strong cold front southwest of the Bight is rapidly approaching Tasmania while a high to the northeast continues east over the Tasman Sea. This front will bring a strengthening north to northwesterly flow that will become gusty overnight as a low forms on the front just southwest of Tasmania. The flow will then shift lighter west to southwesterly once the front crosses tomorrow morning and another high moves over the Bight.
DAMAGING NORTH TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible about the west coast tonight, then about the southern half of Tasmania and the east coast from just after midnight.
Winds are expected to tend lighter west to southwesterly behind the cold front as it crosses from the west during Friday morning.
Trees may fall at lower wind speeds than usual due to saturated soil conditions.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk, Hobart and Dover.
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 Thursday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.