TAS Severe Weather Warning: Destructive Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:26 pm Saturday, 11 June 2022.

DAMAGING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS ACROSS MOST OF TASMANIA, WITH LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS FOR AREAS NORTH OF THE CENTRAL PLATEAU.

Weather Situation: A strong southwesterly airstream will continue across Tasmania in the wake of a deep low pressure system. These winds are expected to ease during Sunday as the front moves away to the east.

DAMAGING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible. Winds are expected to gradually ease during Sunday.

Locally DESTRUCTIVE SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS averaging around 90 km/h with gusts around 125 km/h are also possible, for areas north of the Central Plateau, including Sheffield and Deloraine.

Locations which may be affected include Hobart, Devonport, Burnie, Oatlands, Bothwell, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford, New Norfolk, Geeveston and Dover.

Significant wind gust observations today (Saturday) include:

143 km/h at Tasman Island at 6:58 pm and 135 km/h at 4:42 pm.

119 km/h at Hartz Mountain at 4:39 pm.

119 km/h at Cape Bruny at 8:12 pm.

111 km/h at Sheffield School Farm at 3 pm.

107 km/h at Maria Island at 7:42 pm.

107 km/h at Dunalley at 9:00 pm.

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.