Thursday, November 21, 2019

Severe weather warning cancelled

Bureau of Meteorology


Cancellation Severe Weather Warning

For people in Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:59 pm Thursday, 21 November 2019.

DAMAGING WINDS NO LONGER EXPECTED

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Weather Situation: A very strong northwesterly flow is over Tasmania ahead of a cold front to cross Tasmania during the afternoon and early evening. A cooler west to southwesterly change will follow.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in Tasmania.

The immediate threat of severe weather has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

In the last six hours, notable gusts recorded include Mt Wellington 107 km/h and Campania 94 km/h.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 
* Supervise children closely. 
* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters. 
* 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. 

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

George St robber fled with firearms

POLICE are seeking information about three burglaries which were reported in central New Norfolk early yesterday morning. Officers attended an address in George St around 5am after a woman reported a man breaking into a gun safe in her shed.

Two other burglaries were reported in the same street and police would like to hear from anyone who might have seen anyone in the area acting suspiciously.

"Several police units attended one of the addresses at around 5am after a woman reported a man breaking into the gun safe in her shed," Inspector Philippa Burke said. "The man fled with four firearms after being disturbed by the woman. She was not injured."

Inspector Burke said the stolen firearms included two rifles and two shotguns, and all are registered. She said no ammunition was stolen.

“Anyone who noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the New Norfolk area in the early hours of [yesterday] morning or who has information that could assist the police investigation is urged to come forward,” she said.

“This is a serious matter and we believe there are members of the community who either
know the people responsible, or who may have been offered the stolen firearms. The New Norfolk community is encouraged to help us recover the stolen items as soon as possible.”

Information can be provided to Bridgewater Police on 131 444, or anonymously to Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thursday: Total fire ban declared

DUE to elevated fire danger, the Tasmania Fire Service has declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the state's north and south from 2am Thursday until 2am Friday, including the Derwent Valley where the fire danger rating will be severe.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air, including incinerators, burn offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.

"Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Severe fire danger ratings for the south and southeast, and Very High in other districts in the north and south, with strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures forecast," deputy chief officer Bruce Byatt said.

"These are the most dangerous fire weather conditions forecast so far this bushfire season and any fires that start will be difficult to control. The bushfire situation interstate, particularly in New South Wales, has demonstrated the impact bushfires can have on communities and is a stark reminder about the dangers of fire and the importance of being prepared, and having a plan," he said.

"Have a discussion with your family about what you will do if a bushfire threatens your home, and get to know the bushfire alert levels so you understand the warnings the fire service provides during an incident. Waiting for a bushfire to start in your area is too late to make a plan.

"Landowners with fires already burning or fires they have recently had on their property must ensure they are properly extinguished today."

UPDATED FIRE WEATHER WARNING
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING (DAMAGING WINDS)

Mr Byatt said people could help in these challenging conditions by promptly reporting fires by calling Triple Zero (000), preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions.

"Immediately reporting fires increases the likelihood that fires can be contained quickly. For information on total fire bans and how to make a bushfire survival plan visit www.fire.tas.gov.au."

BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
Fire Weather Warning
for the Furneaux Islands, Central North, North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East and Central Plateau forecast districts
Issued at 9:20 pm on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Weather Situation: A hot, dry, and very windy northwesterly airstream during Thursday will bring temperatures into the low-30s, relative humidity of around 15% and northwesterly winds of 40 to 60 km/h with gusty conditions to the eastern half of Tasmania.

For Thursday 21 November - Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Furneaux Islands, Central North and Central Plateau

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
  • For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.fire.tas.gov.au.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Thursday.

Council excommunicates the News

THE Derwent Valley Council has announced it will no longer respond to questions from the New Norfolk News.

A council spokesperson said the New Norfolk News website was not a recognised media outlet.

The decision, delivered by telephone to journalist Damian Bester earlier today, follows several recent questions posed to the council by Bester going unanswered. These related to:
  • The length of Margaret Johns' appointment as acting general manager
  • The timeline for the appointment of a deputy general manager
  • Whether the deputy general manager would be appointed in the absence of general manager Greg Winton
  • When the council intended to build a public toilet at Bushy Park which had been funded in three council budgets
The spokesperson said the council would provide responses to Bester's questions if he was reporting for the Mercury or Derwent Valley Gazette, but not otherwise.

Established in 2008, the New Norfolk News has published more than 5300 articles and had 1.95 million page views in the intervening 11 years.

The council has previously requested photos from the New Norfolk News for various purposes, which have been freely provided, while Mayor Ben Shaw uses a New Norfolk News photo for his Facebook cover photo.

The council has been asked to provide its decision in writing.

Thursday: Fire weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Fire Weather Warning
for the Furneaux Islands, Central North, North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East and Central Plateau forecast districts

Issued at 1:20pm on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Weather Situation

A hot, dry, and very windy northwesterly airstream during Thursday will bring temperatures into the low-30's, RH of around 15% and northwesterly winds of 40 to 60 km/h with gusty conditions to the eastern half of Tasmania.

For Thursday 21 November:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East 
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Furneaux Islands, Central North and Central Plateau 
The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.fire.tas.gov.au
The next warning will be issued by 5pm Wednesday.

Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in Western, Upper Derwent Valley, East Coast, Central Plateau, Midlands and parts of South East, North East and North West Coast Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:44 am Wednesday, 20 November 2019.
DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE THURSDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
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Weather Situation: A very strong northwesterly flow is developing over Tasmania late Wednesday night ahead of a cool change. The cool change will further enhance winds on Thursday and will cross Tasmania during Thursday afternoon.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible in western Tasmania from early Thursday morning, then likely in central and eastern Tasmania during the morning and afternoon.
Wind gusts on the Central Plateau and at other elevated locations may see peak gusts of 110km/h during the morning and early afternoon.
Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds in the evening once the change has crossed the state.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, Queenstown, New Norfolk and Bothwell.
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 Wednesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210