Saturday, August 10, 2019

Update to Derwent flood watch

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Flood Watch for Derwent and South East catchments


Issued at 10:41am on Saturday 10 August 2019

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 2

Isolated minor flooding may develop from Saturday in the flood watch catchments.

A low pressure system situated to the east of Tasmania is producing a strong southerly stream over the State. The southerly stream will ease during Sunday as the low moves away.

Derwent catchment is wet from winter rainfall. Catchments in the south east and east are dry to very dry.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Saturday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-20 mm were observed in the flood watch catchments, with isolated high totals up to 35 mm.

Widespread rainfall totals of 10-20 mm in the southwest, and 5-15 mm in the south and east are expected for the remainder of Saturday, with higher totals possible in elevated areas. Additional rainfall totals of 5-15 mm are forecast for Sunday.

River rises are expected and isolated minor flooding may develop in some catchments as a result of the forecast rainfall. A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Huon River.

Strong and dangerous flows may be a hazard over the next couple of days.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)

Derwent River

East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)

South East


Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Jordan and Coal


Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts


Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10:30am on Sunday 11 August 2019.

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