SES issue severe weather warning for all of Tasmania

SES is urging people to prepare with a severe weather warning issued for damaging winds with localised destructive winds, across Tasmania tomorrow.

SES Assistant Director Operations and Resources, Leon Smith said that damaging west to north-westerly winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 to 110 km/h are likely to develop over Tasmania during Sunday morning and afternoon.

“In addition, locally destructive winds, averaging 70 to 80 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h possible about elevated and exposed locations have been forecast.” Mr Smith said.

“Winds are expected to peak during the late morning and afternoon, before easing below the warning threshold in the late afternoon and evening.”

“Rainfall catchments across the State are already wet, meaning that these winds will likely cause trees and tree limbs to fall.”

Mr Smith advised that road users should be particularly vigilant as road conditions may be dangerous.

“It’s likely that there will be water on and around roads, and drivers also need to be cautious of debris on roads.”

SES advises that people pay attention to weather warnings and drive to the conditions.

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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