severe weather warning for damaging winds

Sunday severe weather warning

Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds, for people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:22 pm Saturday, 29 August 2020.


DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS ACROSS TASMANIA DURING SUNDAY

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Weather Situation: Strong northwesterly winds develop across Tasmania during Sunday as a cold front approaches from the west. The gusty front crosses the state early Sunday evening, with strong southwesterly winds to follow.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts around 100 km/h, are possible across Tasmania during Sunday. The damaging winds are expected to develop around midday on Sunday, then contract to northwest Tasmania during Sunday evening as the winds shift southwesterly. Gusts in excess of 100 km/h are likely about elevated terrain, and possible along isolated parts of the east coast.

Note that soils across much of eastern Tasmania are saturated. This may result in an increased likelihood of trees falling over in high winds. Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.

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 11pm Saturday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

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