Warning of damaging winds on Wednesday evening

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 10:48 pm Tuesday, 23 May 2023.

Damaging winds developing from Wednesday evening.

Weather Situation:
Vigorous northwesterly airstream ahead of a cold front will start to develop in parts of the western half of Tasmania on Wednesday evening and moving eastward during the night. The front will contract to the northeast 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 east coast and western highlands of Tasmania during Wednesday evening.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS will then extend across the state during early Thursday morning, though will be less likely about Hobart and low lying areas in the south, with isolated DAMAGING WIND GUSTS reaching around 110km/h possible about higher ground.

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 Wednesday. 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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