Monday morning: damaging winds developing

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 4:32 pm Sunday, 24 March 2024.
Damaging wind gusts expected to develop during early Monday morning.

Weather Situation: A strong westerly pressure gradient develops over the southern half of the state early on Monday morning, ahead of an approaching weak cold front that will slide to the south of the state later in the day.

Strong westerly winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 100 km/h are likely to develop over parts of the Central Plateau, Western, Upper Derwent Valley and South East districts in the early hours of Monday morning.

Elevated areas and exposed coastal parts in the far south are likely to see DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts reaching in excess of 110 km/h.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds by mid-afternoon on Monday. Locations which may be affected include Strathgordon, New Norfolk, Tarraleah, Lake St Clair, Bushy Park, 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 11pm Sunday. 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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