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Sunday: minor flooding possible in Derwent and Styx

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

Issued at 1.06pm on Saturday 21 October 2023, by the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.
Flood Watch Number: 3


A broad and complex area of low pressure over Tasmania, brings moderate to locally heavy rainfall to most of Tasmania overnight Saturday and into Sunday. The highest rainfall totals are likely in the southeast of the state from late Saturday into Sunday morning.

Catchments are average to moderately wet across the Flood Watch area, tending to dry in eastern parts. Widespread rainfall totals of 15 to 40 mm are forecast across the Flood Watch area on Saturday, with isolated higher totals possible with thunderstorms. Further rainfall totals of 15 to 25 mm are forecast across the south and southeast of the state on Sunday, with isolated higher totals possible.

Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area from early Sunday. Isolated moderate flooding remains a possibility with isolated higher rainfall totals. Localised flooding may occur in the greater Hobart area catchments, which could see elevated streams, creeks and rivulet levels and heavy rainfall may cause rapid rises.

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 (including Styx 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 Sunday 22 October 2023.

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