Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:53 am Friday, 6 May 2022.

Heavy rainfall continuing in the south with damaging winds developing about the northeast.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system near the east coast of Tasmania is expected to move over the land today. A very moist southeasterly airstream persists across southern Tasmania, resulting in heavy rainfall which is expected to ease during today. The low will start moving east during this afternoon towards the Tasman Sea and strengthen, resulting in a risk damaging wind gusts developing across the northeast.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for the southern tip of Tasmania, including the South East and southern parts of the Western districts. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 40 to 60mm are likely. Heavy rainfall is expected to ease from later this afternoon.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible with very heavy showers and thunderstorms over parts of the South East and Western districts during this period, with six-hourly rainfall totals of 80 to 100mm.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging around 70 to 80 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible over the Furneaux Islands and coastal areas of the Northeast and the far northern East Coast districts later this afternoon. DAMAGING WINDS are expect to ease from early Saturday morning.

Flood Warnings and a Flood Watch have been issued for catchments in the north, east and southeast. See http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/ for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Whitemark, St Helens, Scamander, Geeveston, Dover and Huonville.

Severe weather is no longer expected in the North East district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Murts Hill has recorded 65.2mm in 6 hours to 10:30am

Upper Russell has recorded 56.6mm in 6 hours to 10:30am

Mount Lloyd Road has recorded 56.2mm in 6 hours to 10:30am

Warra has recorded 34.8mm in 3 hours to 10:30am

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