Weather warning: thunderstorm and heavy rain

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for HEAVY RAINFALL

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

Issued at 2:27 pm Wednesday, 8 November 2023. Severe thunderstorms are occurring over central and eastern parts of the state.

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Weather Situation: A trough is combining with anomalously high instability and moisture content to trigger severe thunderstorm activity across central and eastern parts of the state.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Oatlands, Swansea, Orford, New Norfolk, Bothwell and Tarraleah.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5.30pm.

If severe thunderstorms develop in Hobart and Surrounds, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

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 online and read our print edition every second Friday.

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