Severe thunderstorm warning for state’s southeast

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, South East, East Coast, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 236 pm Monday, 2 January 2023. Severe thunderstorms developing over southeast Tasmania

Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure is moving across Tasmania, with a moist and very unstable atmosphere is promoting vigorous thunderstorm activity over parts of the south and east of the state.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Oatlands, Orford, Bothwell, Dodges Ferry and Bagdad.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5.40pm. If severe thunderstorms develop in Hobart and Surrounds, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

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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