Wild weather lashes North

STRONG winds disrupted traffic as trees fell on roads but the North and North-West escaped major damage from yesterday's wild weather.

Winds gusts of  80km/h in Launceston and about 100km/h in Devonport hit shortly before 7am yesterday.

Police reported trees down on roads at Winkleigh Road, Exeter, Fagans Road at Christmas Hills, the Tasman Highway, Swansea, and Squeaking Point Road at Port Sorell.

Launceston received 4.6 millimetres of rain overnight yesterday,  with six millimetres falling at Burnie.

Launceston, Devonport and Burnie can expect a sunny day with light winds and a maximum of 15 degrees today.

State Emergency Service acting Northern regional officer Jim Bolzonello said with winter approaching, now was a good time to clear gutters on houses to improve water run-off and remove loose items from yards that could become missiles during a storm.

He urged people to check that home insurance was current and list emergency phone numbers.

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