Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:28 am Saturday, 17 March 2018.
DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED FOR ALL OF TASMANIA LATE SATURDAY, EARLY SUNDAY AND EARLY MONDAY
Weather Situation: Two vigorous cold fronts are set to cross Tasmania Sunday morning and Monday morning.
DAMAGING NORTH TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h, and up to 120 km/h in exposed locations, are possible across all of Tasmania from late this evening. Winds turn west to northwesterly Sunday morning.
Winds are expected to ease Sunday afternoon behind the first cold front before increasing again late Sunday and early Monday morning ahead of a second cold front. Winds are then expected to ease early Monday afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.
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.