Heavy rain and thunderstorms predicted for Northern Tasmania

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning pertaining to very heavy rainfall that is expected in the states North on Friday and Saturday.

The rain is expected to become heavy during Friday afternoon with thunderstorms expected. This may include isolated and heavier rainfall but is expected to ease during Saturday morning.

From Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, 40mm-80mm of rain is possible for Northern Tasmania.

Given the volume of rain expected, flash flooding is expected as a result of the heavy rain fall for parts of Northern Tasmania from Friday afternoon through to Saturday morning. Further intense rainfall is possible across elevated areas across the North West and Central Plateau.

Around 100mm to 200mm is possible for elevated areas of the state including Western Tiers and Northeast Highlands.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Smithton, Launceston, Scottsdale and St Helens.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Supervise children closely.
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
  • Manage pets and livestock.
  • Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.
  • Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.
  • Be prepared in case of power outages and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

Another weather update is expected to be issued by 11pm AEDT Thursday. For more information click here

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