Tasmanian weather: flood watch active, weather alerts issued


The Bureau of Meteorology has advised the worst is over, cancelling a severe weather alert.

A cold front that passed over the state on Thursday night and Friday morning brought with it extreme winds, and heavy rainfall.

The bureau on Friday cancelled a severe weather warning for Northern Tasmania, but advised that thunderstorms were still possible throughout the morning.

A flood watch for northern catchments remains active, including a minor flood warning for the North Esk River.

The following sites could also be affected:

  • South Esk River
  • Meander River
  • Macquarie River
  • East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
  • Ringarooma River
  • North Coastal Rivers
  • Tamar (Launceston)
  • Mersey River
  • Forth River
  • Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
  • Arthur River

Most sites around Northern Tasmania recorded up to 9 millimetres of rain.

Wind gusts in Launceston peaked at 2.30am, hitting 57km/h.

Cape Grim recorded the strongest gust in the state at 120km/h.

A road weather alert remains active throughout the North and North-West. 

Police and emergency services were kept busy during the night, with multiple trees falling onto the eastern lanes of the Bass Highway near Sassafras.