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Wild weather to return


Wild weather is set to escalate again for parts of Tasmania, with 1800 premises still without power in the state's north and northwest as of Thursday morning. 

Devonport, Ulverstone and Beaconsfield were just some of the areas affected by downed power lines on Wednesday night. 

The SES fielded around a dozen calls for roof damage and minor flooding, the small number being attributed to residents being well prepared. 

Crews later took advantage of easing conditions to restore around 700 Tasnetworks customers. 

The Weather Bureau's Luke Johnston says another blast will hit Bass Strait and the north coast by late Thursday morning, and the far northwest and west this evening.

It's also expected to hit southern Tasmania by Friday morning, with locations including Hobart, Geeveston and Dover in the firing line. 

"The wind will increase again from the west to northwest, we'll expect those wind speeds to reach damaging wind criteria, with gusts in excess of 100 kilometres an hour possible again," he said. 

More rain has pushed the Meander, North Esk and Mersey Rivers into minor flood while there's a flood watch out for all catchments in the state's northern half as well as the Derwent and Huon catchments.