Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDSFor people in Upper Derwent Valley, South East, East Coast and parts of Western, North East, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 9:32 pm Wednesday, 11 September 2019.
DAMAGING WIND RISK FOR SOUTH AND EAST TASMANIA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING
Weather Situation: Strong and gusty northwesterly winds will continue overnight ahead of a cold front to cross the state on Thursday morning.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are
possible. Wind gusts on elevated terrain may reach 100 to 110 km/h.
Winds will remain strong and gusty overnight in parts of the south and east of Tasmania, with gusts peaking early on Thursday morning.
Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds later on Thursday morning.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
In the last 6 hours Hartz Mountains, Mt Wellington, Scotts Peak and Maatsuyker Island have all reported gusts in excess of 100km/h.
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 5am Thursday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.