Wet and wild weather strikes Tasmania

Hold on to your umbrellas and raincoats, wild weather has struck Tasmania.

The BOM have issued multiple weather warnings for much of the state today, with some areas predicted to receive as much as 70mm of rainfall.

A sever weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for the North East, North West Coast and parts of East Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to remain until the afternoon, with rain easing in the evening. Due to the volume of rain expected, flash flooding and river rises may occur more easily due to very wet soils and catchments being very wet according to the BOM.

As at 11am, 43mm of rainfall had been recorded at St Helens, and a further 61mm had been recorded at Gray.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has also been issued for King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central Plateau and parts of Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Central North and Midlands

Damaging East to North-Easterly winds averaging around 50 to 60km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100km/h are possible across much of Tasmania today due to a low that is moving across the state.

Strong wind is predicted throughout the rest of the afternoon but is expected to ease by the evening.

Due to the level of rain and the strong wind forecasted, trees and infrastructure may be more susceptible to damage than usual.

The advice from the State Emergency Service for people is to:

  • 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 Tas Networks 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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