SES are urging people to prepare with severe weather warnings issued for heavy rain and damaging winds for much of Tasmania tomorrow.

Due to a forecast low-pressure system developing near King Island, severe weather is forecast for King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central Plateau and parts of Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central North and Midlands Forecast Districts.

SES Northern Regional Manager, Mhairi Revie said, “People located in the forecast areas can expect heavy rainfall, particularly during late Thursday morning through to the late afternoon. Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding in some parts of Tasmania, particularly in Tasmania’s North East, and some parts of the northern midlands and central highlands.”

“Damaging east to north easterly wind gusts up to 80-100km/h are forecast. Rainfall catchments across the State are already wet, meaning that these winds will likely cause trees and tree limbs to fall,” said Ms Revie
Ms Revie advised that road users should be particularly vigilant as road conditions may be dangerous. “It is likely that there will be water on and around roads, and drivers also need to be cautious of debris on
roads. This reminder is particularly timely during these times of school holidays when our roads are extra busy, with people travelling on roads unfamiliar to them.”

SES advises that people pay attention to weather warnings and drive to the conditions on Thursday and the following days. Conditions are expected to ease during late Thursday afternoon.

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 for further advice.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.