Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmanian Regional Office
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Furneaux Islands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Midlands and parts of the Western and Central Plateau Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:46 am Saturday, 14 January 2017.
A broad area of low pressure over Tasmania extends from a deep low well south of the state, and a high pressure centre in the Bight. Fresh to strong and gusty west to southwesterly winds, increasing to gale strength about the south and east coasts.
DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS around 50 to 60 km/h, with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast across the state this morning. Wind speeds are expected to ease slightly during the afternoon, though remain fresh and gusty into the evening.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the North West Coast and Central North districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED, although winds will remain fresh and gusty for the rest of the day.
In the past 6 hours the strongest wind gusts reported are:
Maatsuyker Is and Mt Wellington 146 km/h, Hartz Mountains 130 km/h, Cape Grim 119 km/h, Tasman Is 91 km/h, Hobart Airport 89 km/h, Hobart 87 km/h, Dunalley and Tunnack 85 km/h, Strahan 81 km/h.
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 5pm Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.