Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Furneaux Islands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, Midlands and parts of Western, East Coast, Central North and Central Plateau Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:59 pm Monday, 20 December 2021.
DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS OVER NORTHEASTERN, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN TASMANIA.
Weather Situation: A front moving over Tasmania is embedded in a strong and gusty west to northwesterly stream.
DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible over northeastern, central and southern Tasmania for the remainder of Monday afternoon and early evening, with gusts possible to 110 km/h over elevated areas.
Winds are expected to ease below the damaging wind threshold during the evening.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, New Norfolk, Bothwell, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the North West Coast district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
Highest reported wind gusts in the last 6h: 130 km/h kunanyi (Mt Wellington), 128 km/h Maatsuyker Island, 111km/h Scotts Peak and Mount Read, 106 km/hr Cape Grim, 102km/h Hartz Mountains, 98 km/h Ouse, 94km/h Swan Island and larapuna (Eddystone Point).
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 Monday.
Warnings are also available through the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.