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14 SEP 2016 Mark Dance 132 500

 

Severe Weather Warning for Eastern Tasmania

The State Emergency Service advises residents to take necessary precautions ahead of a rain band over Bass Strait that is forecast to bring heavy rainfalls to parts of eastern Tasmania this evening and continuing into Thursday.

Heavy rain may lead to flash flooding for areas of the North East and East Coast forecast districts including the townships of St Helens, St Marys, Swansea and the area of Bicheno to Orford.

Some 20-40mls of rainfall is forecast for the Launceston area which may lead to dangerous driving conditions. A road weather alert is current for all affected areas of Tasmania.

Minor flooding may develop in the upper Macquarie River during Thursday. Strong and dangerous flows are also expected in the South and North Esk Rivers with minor-moderate flood levels expected to be reached in some parts of these catchments.

Residents, business owners and visitors in potentially impacted areas are advised that road conditions may be dangerous due to heavy rainfall. All necessary precautions should be taken to prepare for the possibility of local flooding and to monitor warnings on the Bureau of Meteorology website in case weather conditions change.

SES Acting Director Nicholas Wilson said: "Community members have a responsibility to be aware of the risk of natural hazards such as flooding and be prepared at all times."

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Supervise children closely
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving
  • Do not walk, ride, or drive through flood waters
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Listen to ABC local radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500
  • Monitor BoM warnings - http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/  Link to External Site

If you need assistance from SES volunteers due to a storm or flood emergency the number to call is 132 500 state-wide


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