The State Emergency Service and Bureau of Meteorology advise that damaging winds and rain may affect the State today.
Damaging West to North Westerly Winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h, are possible in parts of Tasmania during today. However, isolated
destructive wind gusts in excess of 130 km/h are possible in storms about the northeast and east coast forecast districts
The strongest gusts are expected during this morning and afternoon. Winds are expected to ease this evening.
Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.
SES advises the following precautions BEFORE the storm:
Secure all loose items including garden furniture, umbrellas etc
Ensure sheds and cubby houses are well anchored and don't let your children play in them during the storm
Have a torch and radio with fresh batteries available for weather updates
Check that your spouting and downpipes are not blocked
Make sure all poisons are stored well above ground level
Make sure your pets are well secured
Turn off power sources such as gas and electricity if flooding occurs
Have waterproof bags ready to protect clothing and important documents from flood waters
Listen to the radio for weather updates
What to do:
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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 radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.