Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDSFor people in Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central Plateau and parts of East Coast and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 3:04 pm Friday, 26 April 2019.
DAMAGING WINDS FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARTS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Weather Situation: A front will cross Tasmania around midday on Saturday, causing westerly winds to increase and become strong and gusty. Winds are expected to ease slightly later on Saturday evening.
DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible about central and southern parts of Tasmania from around midday Saturday through until early Saturday evening.
Winds are expected to ease a little late Saturday evening, then ease further during Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Orford, New Norfolk, Bothwell, Hobart, Geeveston 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 11pm Friday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216.