Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Furneaux Islands, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North and parts of South East, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:57 am Thursday, 5 September 2019.

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Weather Situation: A low pressure centre develops over northeast Tasmania early Friday and deepens during the day, bringing heavy rain and strong northeast to southeasterly winds to parts of the north and east. The low moves away to the northeast early Saturday.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible across parts of northern and eastern Tasmania during Friday.

Throughout the NORTHWEST and CENTRAL NORTH of Tasmania, heavy rain is possible from early Friday and is expected to ease later that afternoon. Rainfall totals of 20 to 30 mm are possible during this time, however heavier rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible in thunderstorms.

Throughout EASTERN Tasmania, heavy rain is expected to develop from late Friday morning and be widespread across the area, with rainfall totals of 40 to 80 mm during the day. Totals in excess of 100 mm are possible across elevated terrain. Rain is expected to ease during Saturday morning.

DAMAGING NORTHEAST TO EASTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with gusts of around 80 to 90 km/h are possible along the entire eastern coastal strip of Tasmania from Swan Island to Tasman Island. The strong winds are expected to develop Friday afternoon, tend southeasterly early Saturday and ease later Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea and Orford.

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