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Initial flood watch for Derwent catchment

Initial Flood Watch for parts of North, North East, Huon, Derwent and South East Catchments

Issued at 1:53 pm on Thursday 19 October 2023

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 1

MINOR FLOODING LIKELY FROM SATURDAY NIGHT, WITH ISOLATED MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE

A low developing over southeastern South Australia is forecast to move south and deepen off the west coast of Tasmania on Saturday, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall to most of Tasmania over the weekend. The highest rainfall totals are likely in the southeast of the state from late Saturday into Sunday.

Catchments are average to moderately wet across the flood watch area. Rainfall totals of 20 to 30 mm are forecast across the flood watch area on Saturday. Further rainfall totals of 15 to 30 mm are forecast across the north and northeast of the state on Sunday, with isolated higher falls possible in the southeast.

Minor flooding is likely to develop across the flood watch area from Saturday night, with isolated moderate flooding possible. Catchments likely to be affected include:

  • North Esk River
  • South Esk River
  • Meander River
  • Macquarie River
  • East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
  • Huon River
  • Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)
  • Derwent River
  • Jordan River
  • Coal River
  • East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)
  • South East

Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts

Flood Safety Advice:

SES flood warnings can be found at TasALERT.com

Flood and storm safety advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 1:30pm on Friday 20 October 2023.

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

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