Wednesday weather warning wrap

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

Severe Weather Warning


For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central Plateau and parts of East Coast, North West Coast and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:12pm Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

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Weather Situation:
Strong and gusty west to southwesterly winds will continue through Tuesday evening and Wednesday and then increase again on Wednesday evening as a cold front crosses Tasmania.
DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS are possible in all western, southern and central areas, as well as over the Bass Strait Islands. DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible, although elevated areas above 400m may experience gusts over 110km/h.
Winds will continue to ease over southeast Tasmania during the remainder of Tuesday evening, with gusts of 70 to 80 km/h still likely. However DAMAGING WINDS will continue overnight and through Wednesday, mainly in western and central areas, and through Bass Strait.
DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS will redevelop over southern and eastern Tasmania later on Wednesday.
Locations which may be affected include Currie, Smithton, Oatlands, Whitemark, Orford, Strahan, Hobart, and Geeveston.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the North East and Central North districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
Maximum wind gust observations over the past 6 hours include: 133 km/h at Maatsuyker Island, 139 km/h at kunanyi/Mt Wellington, 131 km/h at Cape Grim, 120 km/h at Hobart, 102 km/h at Dunalley.
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 5am Wednesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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

Issued at 10:04pm on Tuesday 20 August 2019.
Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Areas likely to be affected include the North West Coast and the South East forecast districts on Tuesday evening, and the Furneaux Islands, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the North West Coast and East Coast forecast districts during Wednesday. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The next warning will be issued by 5am Wednesday.

Flood Watch for North West and Derwent catchments

Issued at 11:29am on Tuesday 20 August 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart. Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.
Flood Watch Number: 2
Flooding is possible at some forecast locations in the North West and Derwent catchments from Wednesday morning. A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Huon River.
A strong westerly to southwesterly flow will persist over Tasmania for the next couple of days, with embedded fronts.
Catchments are wet from winter rainfall.
In the 24 hours to 9 am Tuesday, widespread rainfall totals of 5-45 mm were recorded in the flood watch catchments, with isolated higher totals up to 86 mm at Cradle Valley.
Widespread rainfall totals of 20-50 mm are forecast for Tuesday, with higher totals up to 80 mm possible in elevated areas. Additional totals of 15-25 mm are forecast for Wednesday,
Showers are expected to clear during Thursday.
Minor flooding is occurring along the Styx River (in the Derwent catchment). Additional river rises and flooding is possible at some forecast locations from Wednesday morning, based on observed and forecast rainfall.
Catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.
Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next couple of days.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Mersey River

Forth River

Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers

Arthur River

Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)

Derwent River
(including Ouse)
Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: Huon 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:
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 Wednesday 21 August 2019.

Marine Wind Warning Summary

Issued at 10:02pm on Tuesday 20 August 2019
for the period until midnight Wednesday 21 August 2019.

Wind Warnings for Wednesday 21 August

Gale Warning for the following areas:
Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, 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 areas:
Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes
The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5am Wednesday.
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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