Friday: Warning of damaging winds

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in all Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:19 am Thursday, 30 May 2024: Damaging wind gusts expected throughout the state during Friday.

Weather Situation: A vigorous northwesterly flow is developing from the west ahead of an approaching trough.

Strong northwesterly winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS around 100 km/h are developing during Friday morning as a deep low pressure system is passing to the south of the state with a cold front is affecting Tasmania.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h are also expected at King Island during the morning and extending to the northeast coast and the Furneaux Islands during the afternoon.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are most likely to affect Hobart from the late morning into the afternoon. Winds should ease below warning thresholds by Friday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart. 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.

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

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