Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:17 am Wednesday, 21 August 2019.


Weather Situation:
Strong and gusty west to southwesterly winds will increase during Wednesday evening as a cold front crosses Tasmania.

DAMAGING WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS are possible in western, southern and central areas, as well as over the Bass Strait Islands. DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts near 100 km/h are possible, although exposed coastal locations and elevated areas above 400 m may experience gusts over 110 km/h. Winds will ease below warning thresholds for a period late Wednesday afternoon.

DAMAGING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS will redevelop late Wednesday and extend over eastern and northwestern Tasmania.

Winds are then expected to ease during Thursday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Currie, Smithton, Oatlands, Whitemark, Orford, Strahan, Hobart, and Geeveston.

Maximum wind gust observations over the past 6 hours include: 130 km/h Mt Read, 124 km/h Cape Grim, 122 km/h Cape Bruny, 119 km/h Maatsuyker Island, 109 km/h Mt Wellington (kunanyi), 102 km/h Dunalley.

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 for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.