Bureau of Meteorology
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDSFor people in the
Upper Derwent Valley,
East Coast and
Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 5pm Thursday, 8 December 2016.
A cold front over Tasmania with an associated deep low near the southwest coast will move away to the east tonight, with a southwesterly stream to follow.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h tending west to southwesterly late this evening are possible for parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, South East and East Coast districts. Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight.
Locations which may be affected include Swansea, Orford, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
In the last 6 hours the highest wind gusts reported were 94 km/h at Tasman Island and Mt Wellington, 91 km/h at Bushy Park, 87 km/h at Dunalley and Tunnack
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.