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Flood Watch | Warning to Sheep Graziers | Damaging Winds Warning | Gale Warning (click for the latest updates and for the full marine wind warnings)

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

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

Initial Flood Watch for North West, Derwent and Huon catchments

Issued at 11:04am on Monday 19 August 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 1
Flooding is possible in North West, Derwent and Huon catchments from early Tuesday morning, based on forecast rainfall.
A strong westerly to southwesterly flow will persist over Tasmania for the next couple of days, with embedded fronts.
Catchments are generally wet from winter rainfall.
Widespread rainfall totals of 10-40 mm are forecast for Monday. Additional totals of 20-50 mm are forecast for Tuesday, with higher totals up to 80 mm possible in elevated areas.
Showers are expected to continue during Wednesday, with 20-40 mm forecast in the west and far south, before clearing during Thursday.
River rises are expected and flooding is likely at some locations from early Tuesday morning, based on forecast rainfall.
Catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Mersey River

Forth River

Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers

Arthur River

Huon River

Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)

Derwent River
(including Ouse)

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:
For the latest warnings see
For the latest rainfall and river level information see
For the latest weather forecast see

Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at
Road closure information is available at
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 11:30am on Tuesday 20 August 2019.

Warning to Sheep Graziers

Warning to Sheep Graziers

for the Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:59pm on Monday 19 August 2019.
Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, rain and strong westerly winds are expected during Monday and Tuesday. Areas likely to be affected include the Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the Furneaux Islands, North West Coast and Midlands forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The next warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning


For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central Plateau and parts of North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 2:43pm Monday, 19 August 2019.
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Weather Situation:
A cold front embedded in a strong and gusty west to southwesterly flow will cross Tasmania on Tuesday
DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS are possible in all western, southern and central areas, as well as over the far northeast and the Bass Strait Islands. DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible from around midday on Tuesday, although elevated areas above 400m may experience gusts up to 110km/h.
Winds will begin to ease over southeast Tasmania by Tuesday evening, but will likely continue overnight in western and central areas, and through Bass Strait, before easing by Wednesday afternoon. Winds will however remain fresh and gusty for several days.
Locations which may be affected include Currie, Smithton, Oatlands, Whitemark, Orford, Strahan, Hobart, and Geeveston.
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 for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11pm Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 216. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania

Issued at 4:05pm on Monday 19 August 2019
for the period until midnight Tuesday 20 August 2019.

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 20 August

Gale Warning for the following areas:
Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, South West Lakes, Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, Banks Strait and Franklin Sound, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast, South West Coast and Central West Coast
Strong Wind Warning for the following area:
Central Plateau Lakes
The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5am Tuesday.
Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

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