SEVERE WEATHER: Tasmania’s strongest winds in 5 years!

Written by on August 21, 2019

Tasmania has recorded its strongest winds in more than 5 years over the past 24 hours, reaching speeds of up to 120km/h near Hobart, according to the Bureau of Meteorology… And it’s not over yet!

The severe weather is continuing across Tasmania today, with the state battered by strong winds and heavy rain overnight.

The last time Hobart saw gusts so strong was on Hobart Cup Day in February 2014, when winds reached 130km/h.

Tasmania Police have reported half a dozen trees being blown down in the Greater Hobart area, and a roof was blown off a house on Rosny Hill, with another couple of houses partially losing their roofs. In addition, two yachts were ripped from their moorings on the Derwent River and in the Lewisham Channel near Dodges Ferry.

Flooding is already occurring in the Styx River and other rivers are also rising.

The Huon River near Huonville on Tuesday Morning:

Pulse FM advises that people should do the following to prepare for severe weather:

  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment (trampolines are a frequent issue in high winds)
  • Beware of fallen trees and power lines
  • Take care when driving
  • Supervise children closely
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Be prepared in case of power outages and report outages to TasNetworks on 132 004
  • Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings at www.bom.gov.au/tas
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Never drive, ride or walk through water flowing over roads and bridges and obeyroad closure signs.
  • Monitor and move stock and equipment from low-lying paddocks as required.
  • Be aware of debris on roads after flooding has subsided.
  • Visit www.ses.tas.gov.au for further preparation advice
  • For road closures: www.police.tas.gov.au
  • Listen to ABC Local Radio for updates in an emergency

For flood and storm assistance call SES on 132 500
In a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000)

For current warnings, please visit www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

Cover photo thanks to Kelvin Ball

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