Flood Watch for the River Derwent Basin
Issued at 2:28 pm EST on Saturday 7 July 2018
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 3
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.
Continued river rises are expected in the Derwent catchment and minor flooding may develop at some locations over the weekend.
A cold front will cross Tasmania on Sunday morning, bringing a southwesterly stream which will continue throughout Sunday and into Monday.
The Derwent catchment is wet after recent rainfall. Rainfall totals of 20-40 mm have been recorded In the 72 hours to 2pm Saturday, with 50-60 mm recorded in elevated areas.
Persistent showers are expected through the weekend. Rainfall totals of 20-40 mm are forecast, with higher totals up to 50 mm possible in isolated areas. Snow is expected overnight Saturday into Sunday. Snow melt may add to runoff. Showers will ease on Monday.
Continued river rises are expected in the River Derwent and its tributaries over the weekend. Minor flooding may develop at some locations.
Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.
Catchments likely to be affected include: Derwent River
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:
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.
Next Issue: The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10am on Sunday 08 July 2018.
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
Issued at 4:02 am Sunday, 8 July 2018.
Damaging southwesterly winds are possible over western, central and southern areas, and the Bass Strait Islands during Sunday.
Weather Situation: A vigorous west to southwesterly stream will persist throughout most of Sunday until a slight easing in the evening.
DAMAGING WEST TO 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 during Sunday. Winds are expected to moderate slightly on Sunday evening.
Locations which may be affected include Burnie, Strahan, Queenstown, Bothwell, Geeveston and Dover.
In the last 6 hours, the strongest wind gusts reported were 135 km/h at Mount Read, 131 km/h at Hogan Island, 124 km/h at Tasman Island, 120 km/h at Cape Grim and 113 km/h at Cape Bruny.
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 11am Sunday.
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.
Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the Furneaux Islands, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts
Issued at 4:50am on Sunday 8 July 2018.
Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong southwesterly winds are expected during Sunday. Areas likely to be affected include parts of the Furneaux Islands, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The next warning will be issued by 11am Sunday.