Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Central North, Midlands and parts of Central Plateau Forecast Districts.
Issued at 9:56 am Monday, 31 October 2022. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST VERSION OF THIS WEATHER WARNING
Damaging northwesterly winds across Tasmania during today.
Weather Situation: A low pressure system to the southwest of Tasmania this morning will slowly move away to the southeast during the remainder of the day. Damaging northwesterly winds precede a cold front sweeping the state from the northwest to the southeast
DAMAGING northwesterly winds, averaging 50 to 65 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are likely, with gusts to around 110km/h possible about higher ground and in the southeast.
The strongest winds are expected to contract to the east and southeast in the afternoon, with winds expected to moderate below the warning threshold in the late afternoon or early evening.
Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees.
Locations which may be affected include Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart and Dover. Severe weather is no longer occurring in the King Island and North West Coast districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
In the past 6 hours the strongest wind gusts reported were: 107 km/h at Mt Read and kunanyi/Mt Wellington, 106 km/h Tasman Island, 96 km/h Low Rocky Point, 94 km/h Cape Grim, 91 km/h Cape Sorell.
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 Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.