Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 7:06 am Thursday, 23 September 2021.

DAMAGING WINDS WITH A COLD FRONT ON THURSDAY.

Weather Situation: A cold front crossing Tasmania today will bring gusty winds over the state.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h, are possible about southern, central and eastern parts of Tasmania during Thursday morning and early afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease below the warning threshold by late Thursday afternoon. Damaging west to northwesterly winds become possible again on Friday over a more extensive area as a stronger cold front crosses around the middle of the day.

Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, New Norfolk, Hobart, Geeveston and Dover.

The strongest reported wind gusts so far today have been:

172 km/h at kunanyi/Mt Wellington at 6:19am

135 km/h at Maatsuyker island at 6:45am

133 km/h at Hartz Mountains at 5:38am

128 km/h at Scotts Peak at 6:28am

Hobart recorded a gust of 94 km/h at 4:26am.

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 www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.