Warning for damaging winds today and tomorrow

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 11:11 am Thursday, 1 February 2024: Damaging wind gusts developing this afternoon and persisting into Friday.


Weather Situation: A deep low in the Southern Ocean and a high pressure system in the Great Australian Bight will increase the pressure gradient over Tasmania today, resulting in damaging westerly winds developing across the central west from this afternoon before extending into the Tasman Peninsula overnight. Winds are expected to ease below thresholds across the state during Friday afternoon.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS gusts of around 100 km/h are likely to develop across the elevated areas of the southwest and central west of the state this afternoon, extending to lower elevation areas southwest of Hobart as well, before extending to the Tasman Peninsula later this evening. Gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible over the higher peaks of the southwest and Western Tiers.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds by Friday afternoon. Locations which may be affected include Strathgordon, New Norfolk, Tarraleah, Geeveston, Dover and Huonville.

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 Thursday. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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

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