Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Furneaux Islands, North East, East Coast, Midlands and parts of Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central North and Central Plateau Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:52 pm Saturday, 15 September 2018.
DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE FOR EASTERN, SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL TASMANIA, TO EASE THIS EVENING.
Weather Situation: A low pressure system just off the southeast coast will move eastwards, causing strong and gusty west to southwesterly winds to gradually moderate.
DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 110 km/h are possible about parts of eastern, southern and central Tasmania, which will ease slightly this evening, though remain fresh and gusty overnight.
Locations which may be affected include Whitemark, St Helens, Swansea, Orford, Bothwell and Dover.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the King Island and North West Coast districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
In the last 6 hours the strongest gusts reported were 141km/h Mt Wellington, 120km/h Cape Grim and Hartz Mountains, 113km/h Cape Bruny, 111km/h Low Rocky Point, 109km/h Cape Sorell, 107km/h Scotts Peak and 106 at Tasman Island.
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 11pm Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.