Thursday, May 10, 2018

Warning for wind and heavy rain

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST



Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, South East, North East, East Coast, Central North, Central Plateau, Midlands and parts of Western, Upper Derwent Valley and North West Coast Forecast Districts.


Issued at 2:46 pm Thursday, 10 May 2018.

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS DURING THURSDAY AFTERNOON ANDF FRIDAY, AND HEAVY RAIN ALONG THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST COASTS LATE THURSDAY/EARLY FRIDAY
Weather Situation:
An intense low pressure centre and trough will develop off the east coast of Tasmania during Thursday and slowly move away on Friday.

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 100 km/h, are expected to develop about east, south and west Tasmanian coasts Thursday afternoon.
DAMAGING SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS are then expected to extend across much of Tasmania except parts of the west and northwest from early Friday.
Note that strong southeasterly winds are reasonably uncommon over Tasmania so impacts may be different to what is usually experienced in windy conditions.
HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible for east and southeastern coasts and adjacent hills late Thursday evening and early Friday morning. This includes the Hobart area. Rainfall rates around 20mm within an hour are possible. The heavy rainfall is dependant on the development of thunderstorms and as such, is not expected to be widespread but more isolated to where storms form.
Locations which may be affected include Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Hobart, Geeveston 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.
* Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.
* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.
* 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 11pm Thursday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216
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