Wild weather hits North-West, Launceston receives less than 10mm

UNDER MY UMBRELLA: Legana's Tom Scambler braves the rain and cold weather at Home Point on Saturday.

UNDER MY UMBRELLA: Legana's Tom Scambler braves the rain and cold weather at Home Point on Saturday.

Launceston missed out on heavy rainfalls on Saturday while the North-West was hit by power outages and flash flooding.

The wild weather saw 74 millimetres of rain fall at Smithton from Friday night until about 3pm Saturday.

Wynyard experienced 73 millimetres and Flinders Island was hit by the most rain with 110 millimetres falling within 24 hours. 

In Launceston, however, only about 7 millimetres hit the ground.​

Strong winds also hit the coast with gusts of up to 80km/h at Wynyard, Burnie and Smithton.

This saw power outages affect customers in Forth, Howth, Penguin, Sulphur Creek and West Pine.

Residents in Karoola, Lilydale, Nunamara, Turners Marsh and Underwood were also impacted by outages as well as customers at Binalong Bay on the East Coast.

The extreme weather forced the State Emergency Service to set up operation centres in Burnie and Launceston on Saturday morning.  

SES assistant director Nick Connolly said SES units were called out to a number of incidents in the state’s North-West.

“By 4pm... there have been a number of calls in the North-West, mainly between Burnie, Wynyard and Sisters Beach resulting in around ten requests for assistance, these were mainly due to overflowing guttering and water ingress to properties,” Mr Connolly said.

“No requests have been received so far in the Northern region, although this weather pattern wasn’t expected to cross until this afternoon.”

A severe weather warning remained in place for the North Coast and North-East of the state until late Saturday night, but the sun is expected to be back out on Sunday.

Severe weather meteorologist Michael Laczko said the rain had been the result of a trough moving along the East Coast of Australia.

“The trough formed up in Queensland and then moved south so that brought rain to Queensland on Thursday and Friday, then New South Wales and Victoria and finally moved across to us in Tasmania,” he said.

Despite the wet weather, temperatures across the state remained “average” on Saturday and are expected to rise on Sunday with a maximum of 17 degrees forecast for Launceston.

“We are expecting it to a be bit warmer,” Mr Laczko said.