Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania
Initial Flood Watch for the Eastern half of Tasmania
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.
Issued at 11:50 am EST on Wednesday 9 May 2018
Flood Watch Number: 1
Initial Flood Watch for catchments in the north, northeast, east coast, central and southeast of Tasmania and the Furneaux Islands.
A complex low pressure system is approaching southeast Australia. Significant rainfall is likely during Thursday and Friday across the eastern half of Tasmania.
Catchments are dry in the central and eastern parts of the State. The North Esk and Huon catchments are relatively wet from antecedent rainfall.
Southern and eastern Tasmania are expected to receive 30-60 mm of rainfall on Thursday, falling as snow above 1000 m.
Friday is likely to see the highest rainfall totals, with widespread 50-100 mm forecast across eastern and central parts of the State. Higher rainfall totals up to 120 mm are possible in elevated areas.
Due to the nature of the complex low there is uncertainty in the forecast rainfall. These amounts may change in the coming days as the position of the low becomes more certain.
River rises are expected in response to the forecast rainfall. Flooding may develop in some catchments from Friday onwards, with the severity depending on the rainfall totals. Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.
Strong and dangerous flows are expected in small creeks and low-lying areas in locations that receive heavy rainfall.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
North Esk River
South Esk River
East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
North Coastal Rivers
Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)
East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts
Flood Safety Advice:
- FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
- Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au
- For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
- For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10am on Thursday 10 May 2018.