Friday: Windy weather warning continues this evening

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 4:44 pm Friday, 31 May 2024: Damaging wind gusts expected through eastern and southern parts of the state this evening, easing later.

Weather Situation: A deep low pressure system over the Southern Ocean to the south of Tasmania will continue pushing eastwards into the evening. Winds in the wake of an associated cold front will gradually ease into the evening.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h are persisting throughout parts of the state.

Winds should ease below warning thresholds throughout the state later this evening, clearing from the west.

Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover. Severe weather is no longer occurring in the King Island and North West Coast districts and the warning for these districts is cancelled.

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 Friday. 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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