Tasmania SES is asking the community to be prepared with potentially heavy rainfall and severe and dangerous thunderstorms forecast today.

“There is a significant weather system forecast today, and we are advising everyone to be prepared and keep informed of the conditions,” said SES Executive Director, Mick Lowe.

“The weather system, including possible very dangerous thunderstorm activity, has started crossing the state this morning and is expected to extend to the north coast and south of state in the coming hours.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms have already impacted parts of the northwest coast and are now moving towards the Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands districts, with the townships of Deloraine and George Town at greatest risk.

“The system is likely to produce heavy rain and possible flash flooding in localised areas.

“Tasmania SES has already received 14 requests for assistance, 13 in the northwest and 1 in the north.

Poor weather will continue tomorrow where damaging westerly winds are expected in the areas of Bass Strait islands and exposed areas of the northern coastline. 

“Tasmania SES is preparing for the weather, and we encourage the community to do the same.”

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.

“Remember, if you’re in an area that becomes affected by heavy rains, advice from Tasmania Police is to be safe on the roads, slow down, put your headlights on, and never drive through a flooded road.”

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