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Tasmanians warned to prepare for HEAVY rainfall and DAMAGING winds!

Written by on September 6, 2019

Tasmanians are encouraged to prepare their properties for heavy rainfall and damaging winds
across the state and be prepared for potential flash flooding.

“The State Emergency Service is working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to monitor and
prepare for tomorrow’s forecast conditions,” said Regional Manager Mark Nelson.

“People in the forecast areas listed by the BOM should prepare their properties today for heavy
rainfall and high winds. This includes clearing drains and gutters to ensure they can flow freely, and
tying down loose items including outdoor furniture and play equipment.

“When damaging winds are paired with heavy rainfall, this increases the chances of trees coming
down so people must also be aware of this potential.

“The State Emergency Service is preparing to have volunteer crews on standby to assist the
community. We would ask people to take the time today to prepare themselves for the hazards
associated with heavy rainfall and damaging winds,” he said.

CURRENT WARNINGS:

Severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall!
For people in Furneaux Islands, South East, North East, East Coast, Central North and parts of Western, Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast and Midlands Forecast Districts.

Weather Situation: A low pressure centre develops near northeast Tasmania during Friday and deepens, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the eastern half of the state. The low moves away from Tasmania during Saturday evening.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible across parts of northern, eastern and southeastern Tasmania during Friday, and continues during Saturday about the east and southeast.

Throughout the CENTRAL NORTH of Tasmania, heavy rain is possible until late Friday afternoon. Rainfall totals of 20 to 40 mm are possible, however heavier rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible in thunderstorms.

Throughout EASTERN Tasmania, widespread heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding is expected to develop Friday afternoon, with rainfall totals of generally 40 to 80 mm during Friday and a further 40 to 80 mm during Saturday. Much higher totals are possible over elevated areas. Rainfall eases during Saturday afternoon.

Throughout SOUTH EAST Tasmania, including HOBART, heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding is expected to develop Friday evening and persist until Saturday afternoon. During this time, 50 to 80 mm of rainfall is possible throughout the area, with much higher totals possible over elevated areas.

DAMAGING EASTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h are possible along the entire eastern coastal strip of Tasmania from Swan Island to Tasman Island. The strongest winds are expected to develop Friday afternoon, then tend southeasterly early Saturday and ease later Saturday.

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

Flood Warnings:
Initial Flood Watch for the North West, North, North East, Huon, Derwent and South East catchments

Widespread areas of minor flooding are likely from late Friday with some areas of moderate flooding possible.

Rain is expected to develop about the northwest during thursday evening and extend statewide during Friday morning. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible about the north and east.

Some catchments are saturated from recent rain and are likely to be highly responsive to forecast rain.

Rainfall totals of 20 to 30 mm are possible for the north west and central north of Tasmania. Rainfall totals of 40 to 80 mm are expected across eastern Tasmania with totals in excess of 100 mm in elevated areas.

Widespread areas of minor flooding are likely from late Friday with some areas of moderate flooding possible.

Road Weather Alerts:
Reduced visibility in heavy rain will make road conditions dangerous during Friday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

Pulse FM 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.
* Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.
* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.
* Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

If your life is in danger, call triple zero. If you need emergency assistance from the SES, call
132 500.

Accurate at time of writing (10:30 AM – 6th September 2019)
Current Warnings: http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/

Cover photo by Rod Tremayne.


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