Flood watch continues

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 North West, North and North East, Derwent and Huon catchments

Issued at 10:35am on Wednesday 18 July 2018

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 2

Minor flooding is likely and moderate flooding is possible during Thurday.

Multiple cold fronts will cross Tasmania this week, with Thursday’s cold front expected to stall over the north east.

In the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday widespread rainfall totals of 5-15mm in the North East, 15-20 mm in the North West and 5-20 mm in the South were recorded.

Most catchments are wet from recent rainfall.

Rainfall totals for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to exceed 100 mm in the west, north west, parts of the central plateau, along the Western Tiers, north and north east catchments.

Rainfall totals up to 50 mm are expected for Wednesday and Thursday in the Huon catchment. Snow is likely at higher elevations.

Minor Flood Warnings are current for Meander and Macquarie catchments and a moderate flood warning is current for the North Esk catchment. River rises are occurring as a result of yesterday’s rainfall and additional areas of minor flooding are likely to develop with the forecast rainfall.

Localised flooding is possible in small creeks and low-lying areas that receive heavy rainfall.

Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

South Esk River

Ringarooma River

North Coastal Rivers

Tamar (Launceston)

Mersey River

Forth River

Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers

Arthur River

Huon River

Derwent River

Jordan River

Flood warnings have been issued for the following catchments: Meander River, Macquarie River, North Esk River

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 4pm on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

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