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19 May 2017


 

Severe Weather Warning

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall in the North West and parts of the North East, East Coast and Central Plateau Forecast Districts:

  • A trough moving along eastern Australia is expected to extend over Tasmania on Saturday bringing rainfall throughout the state, with significant rainfall expected about northern Tasmania and the upper east coast.
  • HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely about northwest Tasmania during Saturday morning and afternoon, and then is likely about northeast Tasmania on Saturday afternoon and evening.
  • 24 hour totals of 40 to 80mm are likely in North West and North East Tasmania on Saturday, with isolated totals of 80 to 100mm possible with thunderstorms.
  • Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Smithton, St Helens, Bicheno and Fingal.

For the most up to date advice on weather information visit Bureau of Meteorology Link to External Site

It is important that the public is prepared for these conditions, SES advises people in affected areas to:

  • Drive to the conditions - Do not drive, walk or ride through flood waters
  • People within these catchments should be mindful of rising river levels
  • Ensure drains and gutters are clear of debris and are running freelyBeware of damaged trees and power lines, trees & limbs may fall in these conditions
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Disaster preparedness is a shared responsibility
  • For current weather warnings see Tasmanian Bureau of Meteorology Warnings (TAS) Link to External Site
  • For further detail monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website at Bureau of Meteorology Link to External Site

For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

SES has volunteer units on standby.


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