Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North West Coast, Central Plateau and parts of North East, East Coast, Central North and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 6:05 pm Monday, 25 March 2019.
A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SUSTAINS DAMAGING WINDS OVER TASMANIA OVERNIGHT ON MONDAY.
A deep low pressure system moving past the south will sustain strong and gusty west to southwesterly winds over much of the state overnight into early Tuesday morning.
DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of about 90 to 100 km/h are likely across Tasmania much of Tasmania overnight tonight. Along the east coast these wind speeds are more likely early on Tuesday morning.
Winds are have eased over areas of Northern Tasmania but are likely to remain strong and gusty at times tonight. Winds over the remainder of the state will begin to ease during Tuesday morning.
Locations which may be affected include Burnie, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.
In the past 6 hours the following wind gusts have been observed: 159 km/h Maatsuyker Island, 137km/h Hogan Island, 128km/h Cape Bruny, 117km/h Low Rocky Point and Mt Wellington, 98km/h Flinders Island, Maria Island, Luncheon Hill, Strahan and Low Head.
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 Monday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.