Initial flood watch for the Derwent

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


Issued at 2:58pm on Thursday 5 September 2019
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.


Flood Watch Number: 1

Widespread areas of minor flooding are likely from late Friday with some areas of moderate flooding possible.
Rain is expected to develop about the northwest during thursday evening and extend statewide during Friday morning. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible about the north and east.
Some catchments are saturated from recent rain and are likely to be highly responsive to forecast rain.
Rainfall totals of 20 to 30 mm are possible for the north west and central north of Tasmania. Rainfall totals of 40 to 80 mm are expected across eastern Tasmania with totals in excess of 100 mm in elevated areas.
Widespread areas of minor flooding are likely from late Friday with some areas of moderate flooding possible.


Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River


South Esk River


Meander River


Macquarie River


East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)


Ringarooma River


North Coastal Rivers


Tamar (Launceston)


Mersey River


Forth River


Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers


Arthur River


Huon River


Derwent River


Jordan River


Coal River


East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)


South East



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 11:30am on Friday 06 September 2019.

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