Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmanian Regional Office
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the East Coast and parts of the North East and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:46 am Monday, 30 January 2017.
DAMAGING WINDS FOR EAST TASMANIA THIS AFTERNOON
A fast moving cold front will cross Tasmania this 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 of around 90 to 100 km/h are possible over Eastern Tasmania, mainly over elevated areas. Damaging winds are expected to ease south of Bicheno by about 3pm, then clear the state late this afternoon.
Winds over the remainder of Tasmania are no longer expected to be damaging, but are still expected to become fresh and gusty early this afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford, Fingal and Scamander.
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 Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.