Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmanian Regional Office
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Central North, Central Plateau, Midlands and parts of the North West Coast Forecast Districts.
Issued at 9:53 am Sunday, 29 January 2017.
A fast moving cold front currently developing south of Western Australia will cross the Bight overnight, then Tasmania tomorrow afternoon, with fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds developing ahead of the front.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible over all of Tasmania, except for the north and west coasts and King Island, from Monday morning.
Winds are expected to ease during Monday afternoon as the cold front clears the state.
Locations which may be affected include Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, 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 5pm Sunday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.