WIND gusts packing an 85km/h punch lashed Launceston last night, causing more than 2890 homes to lose power about 8.50pm.
Power blackouts were reported at South Launceston, Trevallyn, Kings Meadows and Riverside, and 90 minutes later Aurora Energy was still unable to give a clear indication as to when reconnection would occur.
Other centres to report power losses were Burnie with 350 homes blacked-out and Boat Harbour with 440 customers without power and not expected to have connection restored before this morning.
The strong winds came as rain also continued to soak the North of the state.
About 17 millimetres of rain fell in Launceston between 9am and 5pm yesterday causing Hobart Road shops at Kings Meadows to flood for the second time in six days.
Fear of further flash flooding had Launceston City Council contractors desperately installing pipes along Hobart Road late yesterday.
A council spokesman said the pipes were a temporary measure to deflect water flow away from shops and businesses and if conditions eased overnight they would possibly be removed today.
Northern State Emergency Service regional manager Mhairi Revie said SES volunteers responded to about 150 jobs in the North yesterday.
Many were sandbag requests to prevent flooding, while there were other callouts for flood damage and about eight jobs for weather-damaged houses.
Volunteers delivered sandbags to various locations, including Kings Meadows, Youngtown and Riverside.
While Launceston received about 17 millimetres of rain, Scottsdale received the most in the North, recording 33 millimetres.
The North Esk River basin received a further 20 to 30 millimetres yesterday, while the Upper South Esk catchment recorded a further 33 to 66 millimetres.
The wild weather over the weekend also forced the cancellation of some sports event, including the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association matches and training at Churchill Park and Little Athletics cross country.
Bishopsbourne farmer Chris Cheek said the poor weather had made farming ``really awkward'', especially lambing, but times were not desperate.
He said he had planned for the bad weather and had moved his sheep to higher ground.
Mr Cheek estimated that two-thirds of his farm was inaccessible and there was pressure on feed.
``There is no respite for the stock when the weather is like this, they have just got nowhere dry to lie down at the moment,'' Mr Cheek said.
``It's wetter than usual, but the hope is that in three to four weeks, we will have lots of feed coming and the ground will have dried up.''
The Bureau of Meteorology has renewed moderate flood warnings for the Mersey, North Esk and Upper South Esk river basins.
Minor flood warnings continue for the Forth, Lower Macquarie and Meander river basins, while all Northern river basins remain on flood watch.
Today's forecast includes a shower or two clearing in the Launceston area, with a 40 per cent chance of rain.
The Central North district should expect isolated showers until the evening, falling as snow above 700 metres late in the day. Overnight temperatures are forecast to fall to between two and five degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between nine and 12 degrees.
For the latest road closures and flooding alerts, visit the Tasmania Police website at www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts.