Severe weather warning extends into Saturday

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 4:59 pm Friday, 10 June 2022.

Damaging southwesterly wind gusts developing from Saturday morning across most of Tasmania.

Weather Situation: A strong southwesterly airstream continues across Tasmania throughout Saturday leading to a risk of damaging wind gusts from late morning and peaking in the late afternoon and evening on Saturday. Winds are expected to decrease during Sunday morning as a trough moves away to the east.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible over most of Tasmania. Winds are expected to potentially reach warning thresholds from late morning onwards, with the most likely period for damaging winds extending from late afternoon into the evening on Saturday, with winds gradually easing during Sunday morning.

Locally DAMAGING WINDS averaging 70 to 80 km/h with gusts around 110-120 km/h are possible for areas north of the Central Plateau, including Sheffield and Deloraine.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Swansea, 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 11:00 pm AEST Friday. 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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