Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania
Initial Flood Watch for the Huon, Derwent and South East catchments
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.
Issued at 4:02pm on Friday 15 June 2018
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 1
This is a flood watch for the Huon River, River Derwent and catchments in the south east of Tasmania.
A low passing to the south of the State will bring persistent showers to the west and south west of the State during Friday and Saturday, and then to the east and south-east on Sunday.
Most catchments in the east and south-east are moderately dry. The Huon catchment and parts of the Derwent catchment are wet.
During the remainder of Friday and Saturday rainfall totals of 30-50 mm are forecast for the upper Huon and elevated areas. During Sunday widespread 10 to 20 mm is forecast for the east and south east, with locally high totals up to 40 mm.
River rises are expected in the Huon river. Minor flooding is possible at some forecast locations from Saturday.
Catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.
River rises are likely in smaller rivers and creeks that received high rainfall totals in May, including the Styx, Plenty and Mountain rivers.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
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: http://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 Saturday 16 June 2018.