Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDSFor people in the Upper Derwent Valley, Furneaux Islands, Western, South East, North East, East Coast, Central Plateau and parts of North West Coast, Central North and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:54 am Monday, 16 April 2018.
DAMAGING WINDS for much of Tasmania on MONDAY MORNING.
A low pressure system is passing to the south of Tasmania with an associated vigorous cold front crossing the State this morning.
DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts of 100 to 110 km/h are likely over the coming hours. Peak gusts may reach 120 km/h about the south and the Central Plateau.
Winds are expected to ease slightly later this morning, but remain fresh and gusty.
Locations which may be affected include Devonport, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.
Various exposed sites have seen large wind gusts this morning including 163km/h at Maatsuyker Island, 156km/h at kunanyi (Mt Wellington), 128km/h at Scotts Peak, 109km/h at Low Rocky Point and 100km/h at Swan Island.
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 11am Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.