Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Midlands and parts of Central North and Central Plateau Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:29 am Friday, 25 October 2019.
DAMAGING WINDS ACROSS TASMANIA TODAY
Weather Situation: Strong north to northwesterly winds prevail across Tasmania this afternoon as a cold front crosses the state. Winds begin to ease later this afternoon.
DAMAGING NORTH TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 90 to 100 km/h, are expected across eastern, southern and inland parts of the state today. The strongest wind gusts are expected to develop early this afternoon and ease late this afternoon. Elevated areas may see gusts in excess of 100 km/h.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the King Island and North West Coast districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
In the past 6 hours the following wind gusts have been observed: 128 km/h Mt Read, 124km/h at Scotts Peak and 109 km/h Mt Wellington (kunanyi).
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 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 5pm AEDT Friday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.