Monday: Warning for thunderstorms and damaging winds

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 10:36am Sunday, 30 October 2022 by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.

Damaging northwesterly winds across Tasmania during Monday.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system in the western Bight will intensify and move rapidly southeastwards, to be located south of the Vic/SA border around midnight and just south of Tasmania Monday afternoon. An associated front extending north from the low is progressing eastwards, and will see northwesterly winds shift west to southwesterly with the front.

DAMAGING northwesterly winds, averaging 50 to 65 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, reaching greater than 110 km/h in the south, east and adjacent inland areas. These winds are expected to develop early Monday and then ease below thresholds during Monday evening, behind the front.

Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the southern half of Tasmania and may further enhance the risk of locally destructive winds gusts. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning may be issued if these occur.

Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.

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 for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5pm Sunday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 210.

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