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Tasmanians are being urged to take precautions as the state braces for a bout of severe weather on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology on Tuesday issued weather alerts for the North and North-West of the state.
A “squally” cold front – meaning a front that is characterised by sharp increases in wind speeds – is set to hit the north of the state on Wednesday morning.
Damaging west to northwesterly winds are forecast, with the bureau expecting average wind speeds of 60 to 70km/h, and peak gusts of 100km/h.
Thunderstorms are also possible, raising wind gusts to 110km/h in parts of the North.
Sites likely to be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Strahan, and Queenstown.
Launceston is forecast to receive between four and 10 millimetres of rain.
A sheep graziers warning has also been issued for Wednesday, in correlation with the expected cold front.
In preparation for the extreme winds, the SES has recommended the following actions:
- 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 www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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