Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, South East, North East, East Coast, Central Plateau, Midlands and parts of North West Coast and Central North Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:22 pm Tuesday, 1 December 2020.
DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Weather Situation: A deep low passing south of Tasmania overnight is bringing strong, gusty west to northwesterly winds tonight. The winds tend more westerly early Wednesday and gradually ease during the afternoon.
DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h, are expected across the southern and western halves of Tasmania, as well as parts of the northeast and Bass Strait islands, during Tuesday night and Wednesday. Damaging winds are likely to persist until Wednesday afternoon. Stronger gusts up to 110 km/h are possible with thunderstorms in the west and far south overnight, and 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 day, with the damaging winds mostly contracting to the Central Plateau and the far south of Tasmania in from late morning.
Locations which may be affected include Strahan, New Norfolk, Bothwell, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
Maximum gusts recorded since 5pm Tuesday:
150 km/h at Maatsuyker Island
131 km/h at Scotts Peak
113 km/h at Cape Bruny
111 km/h at kunanyi/Mt Wellington
93 km/h at Hobart
91 km/h at Ouse
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 5:00 am AEDT Wednesday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.