SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

DAMAGING WINDS ACROSS TASMANIA

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
A Severe Weather warning has been issued for the Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, Central Plateau and parts of North West Coast, Central North and Midlands Forecast Districts.

DAMAGING WINDS for much of Tasmania on MONDAY MORNING with a low pressure system is passing to the south of Tasmania with an associated vigorous cold front crossing the State this morning.

DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts of 100 to 110 km/h are likely over the coming hours. Peak gusts may reach 120 km/h about the south and the Central Plateau.

Winds are expected to ease slightly later this morning, but remain fresh and gusty.

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

Various exposed sites have seen large wind gusts this morning including 163km/h at Maatsuyker Island, 156km/h at kunanyi (Mt Wellington), 128km/h at Scotts Peak, 109km/h at Low Rocky Point and 100km/h at Swan Island.

The State Emergency Service advice: 

* 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. 
* Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving. 
* Listen to local radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice. 
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500. 

This warning issued at 4:54 am Monday, 16 April 2018. Next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Monday.

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