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Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands and parts of Western, North East, North West Coast and Central North Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:03 am Wednesday, 6 November 2019.

POSSIBLE DAMAGING WINDS WESTERN AND NORTHERN TASMANIA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Weather Situation:
A cold front crossing Tasmania on Wednesday afternoon is bringing strong and gusty winds, showers and isolated thunderstorms, mainly in the west and north.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible on Wednesday on the west coast and King island between 1pm and 4pm, then along the north coast and on the Furneaux Islands between 4pm and 7pm. Peak gusts of 100km/h are possible as the front goes through, or with storms.

Winds will remain fresh to strong and gusty for the rest of Wednesday and will continue on Thursday.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Currie, Smithton, Scottsdale, Whitemark and Strahan.

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 and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
* 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 132500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEDT Wednesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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