Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the part of the Upper Derwent Valley, and the King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau, Midlands forecast districts and parts of the South East forecast district.
Issued at 8:42 am Saturday, 15 September 2018.
DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE FOR MUCH OF TASMANIA THIS AFTERNOON
Weather Situation: A developing low pressure system is expected to cross Tasmania today, bringing strong and gusty winds about the north and northwest of the state.
DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 110 km/h are possible about much of the state. Gusts in excess of 120 km/h are possible about the west coast and elevated areas, or in isolated thunderstorms. Tha damaging winds are expected to reach the west coat around midday, then extend across the state during the afternoon.
Winds are expected to become cold southwesterly and ease slightly from the west during the evening, though winds will remain fresh and gusty overnight.
Please be aware that the development of the low pressure system is providing some uncertainty with the exact strength of the winds expected.
Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, Whitemark, St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford, Strahan, Queenstown, Bothwell 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 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 5pm Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.