Saturday night: severe weather warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in the Upper Derwent Valley, King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Central Plateau and parts of South East, North East and North West Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:48am Saturday, 8 July 2023.

Damaging west to northwesterly winds possible this weekend.

Weather Situation: A vigorous northwesterly flow over eastern Bass Strait is associated with the passage of a strong cold front this morning. The flow will tend westerly and strengthen again later today as a low pressure system moves to the south tonight.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible about the Furneaux Islands and northeast coast over the next few hours, expected to ease below warning thresholds by early Saturday afternoon. Wind gusts around 110 km/h are possible with heavier showers and thunderstorms.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h will become possible over King Island and much of western, central and southern Tasmania from Saturday evening. Winds are expected to gradually ease below warning thresholds during Sunday, but will remain gusty.

Locations which may be affected include Currie, Whitemark, Strahan, Queenstown, New Norfolk, Bothwell, Geeveston, Dover and Huonville. Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central North district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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 AEST Saturday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

See more Derwent Valley and Central Highlands news and read our print edition every second Friday.

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