Saturday, July 7, 2018

Severe weather warning

IDT21038 
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

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Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 9:41 am Saturday, 7 July 2018.

Damaging southwesterly winds with peak gusts around 100km/h are possible over western, central and southern areas, and the Bass Strait Islands late tonight and during Sunday.

Weather Situation: A cold front over eastern Tasmania will move away this morning, causing a southwesterly stream to extend throughout. The stream will strengthen tonight as another cold front crosses, and vigorous southwesterly winds will persist throughout most of Sunday until a slight easing in the evening.

DAMAGING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible over western, central and southern areas, and the Bass Strait Islands late tonight and during Sunday.

Winds are expected to moderate slightly on Sunday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Burnie, Currie, Smithton, Whitemark, Strahan, Queenstown, Zeehan, Bothwell, Tarraleah, Geeveston, Dover and Huonville.

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 and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004. 
* 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 5:00 pm AEST Saturday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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