Sunday: warning of damaging winds

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS

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

Issued at 4:46 pm Saturday, 2 March 2024.

Weather Situation: A vigorous cold front will cross Tasmania during Sunday morning. Strong west to southwesterly winds are expected around the front and will continue into Sunday afternoon as an increased southwesterly pressure gradient remains in its wake.

Strong to DAMAGING WINDS of 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts up to 110 km/h are likely over parts of Tasmania from early Sunday morning, particularly over elevated terrain through the centre of the state and also exposed areas along the south and southeast coastline. This includes the Hobart area.

Locally DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS in excess of 125 km/h are also possible over Western Tiers and its immediate adjacent slopes after sunrise and could continue until early afternoon on Sunday.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds over southern and northeastern parts of the state by mid-afternoon, but may continue about the Western Tiers and the immediate adjacent slopes until the late afternoon or early evening.

Locations which may be affected include Deloraine, Sheffield, Oatlands, Orford, Fingal, New Norfolk, Bothwell, Tarraleah, Hobart, Geeveston, Dover, Huonville and Dodges Ferry.

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 Saturday.

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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