Warning for damaging winds on Sunday and Monday

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 11:03am Saturday, 29 July 2023: Damaging winds expected during Sunday and Monday.

Weather Situation: A series of cold fronts embedded within a strong westerly pressure gradient are expected to cross the state during Sunday and Monday, and will bring several bursts of severe weather over the coming days. The first front approaches the west coast early on Sunday morning and will sweep over the state in the middle of the day. 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 100km/h are likely to develop ahead of the cold front over the western districts after midnight early on Sunday morning, before extending to southeast and eastern parts of the state before sunrise.

As the cold front moves into the northeast during the afternoon, DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100km/h are still 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, before DAMAGING WINDS are likely to redevelop again early on Monday as a sequence of stronger cold fronts rapidly move over the state during the day.

Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk, Hobart and Dover. 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.

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