Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in Upper Derwent Valley, South East, East Coast and parts of Western, North East, Midlands and Central North Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:40am Saturday, 13 August 2022.
Heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts to impact eastern Tasmania on Sunday
Weather Situation: A low pressure system will form to the northeast of Tasmania tonight and move towards the southwest. The low is expected to be slow-moving over northeastern Tasmania on Sunday and direct widespread rainfall and strong southeasterly wind with damaging gusts over eastern and southern Tasmania during the day. The low will remain over or near eastern Tasmania while weakening on Monday before moving away to the east during Tuesday.
Moderate to HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will develop about northeastern Tasmania from early Sunday morning and is likely to spread southwards throughout Sunday, easing early on Monday. Rainfall totals of 50 to 70 mm are likely in the 24 hours up to midnight Sunday, with isolated falls up to 150 mm possible about elevated terrain. 6 hour rainfall accumulations may reach 80 mm about elevated terrain and eastern slopes.
Strong southeasterly winds averaging 40 to 50km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 80 km/h are possible about eastern parts of the warning area from early Sunday morning, particularly about exposed coastal areas and high terrain. Winds are expected to contract to the southeast from Sunday afternoon and then ease during Sunday evening.
A Flood Watch is current for the North East, South East and Huon catchments, see http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/.
Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston, Dover and Dodges Ferry.
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.
* Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.
* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.
* 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 Saturday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.