SEVERE WEATHER: 154 km/h wind gusts cause havoc across Hobart!
Written by Josh Agnew on September 12, 2019
Strong winds across Southern Tasmania have caused damage to hundreds of properties overnight, with schools closed, windows blown in, flying trampolines and thousands left without power!
The State Emergency Service has responded to 38 requests for assistance from across Southern Tasmania over the past 24 hours.
“Forecast damaging winds were realised in several areas of the south overnight, with SES crews
kept busy with requests for assistance (RFA),” said SES Regional Officer Mark Dance.
“SES crews responded to a RFA for roof damage to the Goulburn Street Primary School and multiple
roof, window and tree damage across the Southern Region.”
SES crews have responded to RFA including:
South Hobart – roof damage to Goulburn Street Primary School.
Kingston – roller door of house blown in hitting car.
South Hobart – trampoline on house roof.
Geilston Bay – windows of house blown in.
Hobart – roof damage to three houses.
Howden – tree on house.
“I encourage all members of the community to be aware of weather forecasts and prepare when
severe weather is predicted,” said SES Regional Officer Mark Dance.
“The State Emergency Service continues to have volunteer crews on standby to assist the
community,” he said.
Trampoline pierces through a roof in Moonah!
Jenny Pritchett in Moonah had a very close call last night, when she woke to a very loud bang and screaming from her son’s bedroom.
The neighbours trampoline had come flying over the fence and pierced through Jenny’s roof and ceiling!
Strong winds rip roof off of Goulburn St Primary School!
Hobart’s Goulburn Street Primary St is closed this morning after Wednesday night’s strong winds blew the school’s roof on to Forest Road!
The community has stepped in to help with the clean up. Forest Road next to Goulburn Street Primary school also remains closed.
The traffic lights at the intersection of the Brooker Highway and Derwent Park Road were out of operation from 5 AM until just after 8 AM this morning as a result of storm damage.
Police were also on the scence of a multiple vehicle crash on the Southern Outlet this morning near Mt Nelson, Hobart bound. It is not known whether the crash was related to debris from Wednesday night’s severe weather event.
Pulse FM advises that people should do the following to prepare for severe weather:
Clear drains and gutters of debris so they flow freely
Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
Beware of fallen trees and power lines
Monitor conditions and move stock and equipment from low-lying paddocks as required
Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
Never enter floodwater or drive on flooded roads – it only takes 15cm of water to float a car
Be aware of debris on roads after flooding has subsided
Visit www.ses.tas.gov.au for further preparation advice
Listen to ABC Local Radio for updates in an emergency
Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings at www.bom.gov.au/tas
If your life is in danger call, triple zero. If you need emergency assistance from the SES, please call 132 500.