TAS Warning Severe Weather Warning for Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:50 am Monday, 19 March 2018.
DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED FOR ALL OF TASMANIA MONDAY MORNING
Weather Situation: A vigorous cold front will cross Tasmania during this morning, with a westerly stream to follow.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h, and up to 120 km/h in exposed locations, are possible across all of Tasmania, except for the Bass Strait Islands, during this morning.
Winds are expected to gradually ease early in the afternoon behind the cold front.
Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.
In the last 6 hours Maatsuyker Island reported 156km/h, Mt Wellington 128 km/h, Low Rocky Point 117km/h, Cape Grim 115km/h, Scotts Peak 107km/h, Mt Read 107km/h, Tasman Island 98km/h, and Hobart 94km/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.
* 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 11:00 am AEDT Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.