No major damage, but not over yet

Floods spread across the East Tamar Highway near Dilston. Picture: MARK JESSER

Floods spread across the East Tamar Highway near Dilston. Picture: MARK JESSER

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RELATED: Prepare for bad weather: SES

STATE emergency services responded to about 45 calls for assistance in the North yesterday as wild weather lashed the state. 

The SES delivered 120 sandbags to areas of Hobart Road, Windermere and Newnham, where some houses were inundated by floods.

SES acting regional manager Jim Bolzonello said last night that no major damage had been caused by the weather yesterday.

‘‘There were a couple of houses at Windermere that were inundated with water ... at Gravelly Beach, there were a couple of houses there that had water, and we had areas of Lilydale flood also,’’ he said. 

‘‘We had a couple of houses where trees fell down in their driveways, we had one lady who couldn’t get her vehicle out due to the tree being there so we’ve gone along and assisted.’’

SES crews remained on standby last night as wind gusts were expected to increase. Mr Bolzonello said while he was hoping for a break in the weather, he expected it to worsen during today and tomorrow.

The SES reminded people to stow away anything that could be blown away, and to clean drains out where possible.

For SES flood and storm assistance call 132 500.

TODAY'S FORECAST

The wind is set to worsen during the middle of today, with showers expected from late morning.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Glen Perrin said yesterday that gusts of up to 100km/h were expected last night and into this morning. 

Mr Perrin said the risk of showers remained across the state, but thunderstorm activity was forecast to move towards the south and south-west by today. 

Tomorrow will be windy, with showers easing.

SES ADVICE:

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:

Supervise children closely.

Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment.

Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.

Manage pets and livestock.

Be prepared in case of power outages.

Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.

Listen to ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.

Sheep look for higher ground on Holwell Road. Picture: Paul Scambler

Sheep look for higher ground on Holwell Road. Picture: Paul Scambler

ROAD CLOSURES*

NORTH:

Swan Bay Road, Windemere

Patersonia Road at the Patersonia Bridge

Parklands Parade, Newnham

Pinegana Hill at Tasman Highway through to Weldbourough open but caution required

Tasman Highway between Pyengana Hill and St Helens

Ansons Bay Road at Ansons Causeway – under water – 4WD access only

NORTH WEST:

The Esplande at Turners Beach

Shearwater Boulevard, Shearwater

The Murchison Highway between Rosebery and Zeehan is affected by fallen trees and motorists should drive with caution due to high winds.

*As of 4pm today

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