Clean-up continues throughout Tasmania following severe weather

The wild weather throughout Tasmania may have calmed, but the clean-up from Thursday night’s severe weather event is expected to continue for days to come.

Minor flood warnings for the North Esk and South Esk Rivers were issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday.

No significant further rainfall was expected but “strong and dangerous flows” lead the BOM to keep the warnings in place until Sunday.

A marine wind warning was also in place for the east of Flinders Island and the upper East Coast.

TasNetworks said more than 3000 properties throughout the state suffered from power outages from Thursday night onwards.

Most homes had power restored by Saturday night, leaving 568 customers still without power about 6.30pm.

State Emergency Service director of operations and resources Leon Smith said the SES and Tasmania Fire Service had a “prominent presence” throughout Hobart and other affected areas at the weekend.

“We understand that people are still feeling the effects of the severe weather event, and recognise that the recovery will take some time,” he said.

Premier Will Hodgman and Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Michael Ferguson in a joint statement thanked Tasmania’s emergency services and volunteers for their efforts since Thursday night.

“Tasmania’s emergency services and volunteers have done an incredible job in the face of extreme and challenging circumstances,” the statement said.

“At times like these, we stand behind our first responders and volunteers who are doing tremendous work in very difficult conditions.

“TasNetwork crews have done an excellent job overnight to restore power to many impacted customers and will continue to work throughout the day to address outstanding issues.

“The storm damaged a large part of TasNetworks Infrastructure, crews have been mobilised today and we encourage Tasmanians affected to be patient, and above all else safe.

“The wild weather conditions and flood waters present real risks for the public at this time due to unstable building materials and contaminated flood waters.”

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