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Warning of possible Monday thunderstorm

MONDAY UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for today. Showers and a possible thunderstorm remain forecast this afternoon and evening for New Norfolk and Ouse.

EARLIER: TASMANIANS have been urged to prepare for the possibility of severe thunderstorm activity across the state tomorrow (Monday). “Advice received from the Bureau of Meteorology today forecasts the possibility of thunderstorms about all parts of the state tomorrow with severe thunderstorm activity across the state, with the exception of the northwest and west coasts tomorrow afternoon,” Tasmania State Emergency Service assistant director Leon Smith said.

“It is forecast that large to giant hail greater than 5cm diameter, strong wind gusts greater than 90km/h and localised heavy rain is possible,” Mr Smith said. “The forecast for tomorrow is hot conditions in the morning, followed by a cold front crossing the state in the afternoon, bringing the potential of severe thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain, and hail that has potential to be hazardous and damaging.”

Mr Smith urged everyone to be prepared before a significant change in the current fine weather conditions tomorrow – especially those camping, bushwalking and enjoying the outdoors. “Ensure all outdoor furniture and equipment is secured, and if heavy hail falls, limit time outdoors and on the road while conditions are poor,” he said.

The SES advises people to be prepared and safe tomorrow and:

  • Check bom.gov.au for the latest weather forecast and warnings.
  • Check TasALERT.com for current warnings and alerts.
  • Check that family and neighbours, especially those who are vulnerable, are aware and have a plan in place.

In the event of heavy hail:

  • Minimise unnecessary time outside while the hail is falling.
  • Supervise children closely.
  • Manage pets and livestock.
  • Listen to the ABC radio
  • Call the SES on 132 500 for flood and storm-related emergency assistance.
  • Dial Triple Zero (000) in a life-threatening emergency.

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