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Today: severe weather warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning


For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Central Plateau, Midlands and parts of North West Coast and Central North Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:30 pm Tuesday, 1 December 2020.


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Weather Situation: A strong cold front crosses Tasmania later today, with strong west to northwesterly winds following the front this evening. The winds tend more westerly early Wednesday and gradually ease during the morning.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h, are expected to develop across the southern and western halves of Tasmania Tuesday evening, as well as parts of the northeast and Bass Strait islands. Damaging winds are likely to persist until Wednesday morning. Stronger gusts in excess of 120 km/h are possible across high terrain and exposed coastal locations.

The strong winds tend west to southwesterly early Wednesday then gradually ease during the morning, with the damaging winds mostly contracting to the far south of Tasmania by around midday.

Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk, Hobart and Dover.

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 Tuesday.

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.

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