Bureau issues Tasmania severe weather warning

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds across parts of Tasmania. 

It affects people in the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North East, North-West Coast and parts of the Western, East Coast and Central North forecast districts.

The Bureau said strong and gusty west to northwesterly winds over Tasmania are expected to increase during Friday evening as a cold front moves across the state overnight.

Damaging winds averaging 60km/h to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100km/h to 110km/h are likely about North-West Tasmania, the North Coast, and North-East Tasmania on Friday and early Saturday morning. 

Winds are expected to ease slightly on Saturday morning, but remain strong and gusty until Saturday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Smithton, Scottsdale, Whitemark and St Helens.

State Emergency Service advice

  • 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. 
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving. 
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check the SES website for further advice. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500. 

The next severe weather warning will be issued by 5pm on Friday.