East Coast expecting severe weather

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Tasmania’s East Coast, with gusts up to 110km/h to be expected throughout this evening and into Wednesday.

Weather Situation: A low pressure centre develops close to the east coast of Tasmania today, directing a strong south to southeasterly airstream over parts of the east and south of the state. The airstream tends more south to southwesterly early on Wednesday.

DAMAGING SOUTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, are expected to develop this evening about parts of the east and southeast of Tasmania. Gusts of around 110 km/h are possible about the eastern coastal strip of Tasmania (including Swansea and Bicheno) in the early hours of Wednesday.

Damaging winds are expected to contract to the east coast of the state by around sunrise on Wednesday morning, then clear the east coast around midday.

Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford, Hobart and Dover.

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.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

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