Monday: statewide warning for damaging and destructive winds

Severe Weather Warning for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS

For people in Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.


Weather Situation: A series of cold fronts embedded within a strong pressure gradient will cross the state today and Monday, and will bring several bursts of severe weather. The first front is moving through the state and will move offshore during Sunday afternoon. Further stronger frontal passages are expected during Monday.

Strong west to northwesterly winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 100 km/h have developed about western, southern and eastern parts of the state this morning, as a cold front is crossing the state. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to around 100 km/h are also possible in showers and thunderstorms over the western and far southern parts, particularly about the coasts. Winds are expected to temporarily drop below warning thresholds by late Sunday afternoon.

During early Monday morning, strong to DAMAGING WINDS of 50 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h will redevelop. Locally DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS of around 125 km/h are possible over exposed and elevated areas, and along the southwest and southern coastal fringe during Monday morning, especially with showers or thunderstorms.

Winds are expected to temporarily drop below warning thresholds by the middle of the day, before DAMAGING to locally DESTRUCTIVE WINDS are likely to redevelop late Monday afternoon as a third, stronger cold front moves over the state.

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 for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5pm Sunday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 210.

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