Tasmanian East Coast residents are encouraged to prepare their properties for possible heavy rainfall and predicted thunderstorms this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised the SES that predicted heavy rainfall is highly possible this weekend. The forecast heavy rainfall is expected to impact the East Coast in a line from Swansea to Eddystone Point with lower rainfall totals falling in the North and North West during Saturday and Sunday. This rain event is expected to commence on Friday afternoon and move away overnight Sunday,” said SES Acting Regional Manager North, Michael D’Alton.

“We are working closely with the BOM to monitor the weather situation, which is difficult to predict in terms of the location that will be most impacted.

“While we’re preparing to assist community members in need of assistance, we would ask people to be prepare themselves for the hazards associated with heavy rainfall, flash flooding and thunderstorms. We ask farmers on the Northern river systems to move stock and farming equipment from low lying areas to high ground. Some rivers, notably the South Esk River are forecast to flood to minor or moderate levels.”

SES advises people to:

  • Ensure drains and gutters are clear of debris and running freely
  • Never drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters
  • Never play near floodwaters, drains or culverts
  • Beware of fallen trees and power lines
  • Take care when driving
  • Be prepared in case of power outages and report outages to TasNetworks on 132 004
  • Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings at www.bom.gov.au/tas
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of any warnings
  • Visit www.ses.tas.gov.au for further preparation advice
  • For road closures: www.police.tas.gov.au
  • Listen to ABC Local Radio for updates in an emergency

For flood and storm assistance call SES on 132 500

In a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000)

Remember, preparedness is a shared responsibility.