Tasmania SES is reminding the community to be prepared with potentially heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast this weekend.

“With a significant low pressure weather system forecast to reach Tasmania tomorrow, it’s timely for everyone to be prepared and keep informed of changing conditions,” said SES Assistant Director Leon Smith.

“Starting tomorrow, and into Sunday, a weather system will cross our state, with the potential for thunderstorms and heavy rainfall.

“At this stage, highest rainfall totals are expected about the south and east where it is expected that the rain will be more persistent.”

“With thunderstorm activity comes the potential for flash flooding in localised areas, high rainfall values have the potential for minor to moderate riverine flooding from Sunday into early next week within catchments in south east, north east and east coast.”

“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.”

Be prepared and keep up-to-date with:
• weather information and warnings available at bom.gov.au
• SES Flood Warnings available at TasALERT.com and on facebook.com/tasalert
• road closures at police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
• preparedness information available at ses.tas.gov.au