Thursday: multiple weather warnings issued

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued multiple weather warnings affecting much of the state including the Derwent Valley for today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) as well as a statewide warning for severe winds tomorrow (Friday).

The bureau has reissued its severe weather warning for damaging winds and a cold front today, as well as a sheep graziers warning a road weather alert for tomorrow.

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in Upper Derwent Valley, South East, East Coast, Midlands and parts of Western, North East and Central Plateau Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:08 am Thursday, 23 September 2021.
DAMAGING WINDS WITH A COLD FRONT ON THURSDAY.

Weather Situation: A cold front crossing Tasmania today will bring gusty winds over the state.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h, are possible about southern, central and eastern parts of Tasmania during Thursday morning and early afternoon.
Winds are expected to ease below the warning threshold by mid Thursday afternoon. Damaging west to northwesterly winds become possible again on Friday over a more extensive area as a stronger cold front crosses around the middle of the day.

Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover. The strongest reported wind gusts so far today have been:
172 km/h at kunanyi/Mt Wellington at 6:19am
143 km/h at Maatsuyker island at 8:19am
133 km/h at Hartz Mountains at 5:38am
128 km/h at Scotts Peak at 6:28am
Hobart recorded a gust of 94 km/h at 4:26am.

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 Thursday.

Road Weather Alert for Tasmania
for Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 10:37am  on Thursday 23 September 2021.

Snow covered roads above 100 metres will make driving conditions dangerous during Friday in parts of the Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The next alert will be issued by 5pm EST Thursday.

Warning to Sheep Graziers
for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 10:32am on Thursday 23 September 2021.

Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Friday. Areas likely to be affected include the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Thursday.

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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