Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) is calling on the community to be safe in damaging winds forecast across the state today.
“Tasmania SES are working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology monitoring weather forecasts today, and we’re calling on the community to prepare and be safe during periods of damaging winds,” said SES Assistant Director, Leon Smith.
“A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts damaging winds over large portions of the state from mid-late afternoon today.
“Last night Tasmania SES received several reports of trees and powerlines down. With damaging winds forecast for later today there is potential for further trees and powerlines to be brought down.
“We have SES volunteer crews prepared and ready to respond to incidents if needed and I encourage everyone to be aware of the weather forecast in their area and to take steps to keep safe.”
“Anyone planning on venturing into alpine areas is advised there is potential of snow to around 800 metres about western, central, and southern Tasmania overnight, however, snowfall is not likely to settle at this time of the year.”
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.
For SES assistance, visit ses.tas.gov.au or phone 132 500.
In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000).
Keep up-to-date with:
http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/ – for the latest weather forecast and warnings.
https://www.alert.tas.gov.au/ – for current warnings and advice.
https://www.ses.tas.gov.au/ – for advice on how to prepare and plan
https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ – for road closures