Thursday: warning of 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 10:57pm Wednesday, 24 May 2023.
Damaging winds expected during Thursday.

Weather Situation:
A vigorous northwesterly airstream has developed ahead of a cold front that approaches the State early on Thursday morning. The front will contract to the east and northeast parts of the state during Thursday morning, then clear later in the afternoon. Winds will shift more westerly behind the front.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are expected to develop about the western highlands and the east coast of Tasmania by midnight. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS will then extend across the state during early Thursday morning, with peak gusts of around 110 km/h possible about higher ground.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts of around 120 km/h are possible for a period during Thursday morning about the east coast, including Swansea.

Damaging winds are expected to contract the northeast of the state during late Thursday morning, then clear later on Thursday afternoon.

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 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 5am Thursday. 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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