Weather Flood warnings for Tasmania

Flood warnings for Tasmania

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Tasmanians are bracing for more wild weather as the state mops up from destructive storms and flash flooding in the past two days.

Strong winds lashed the state’s south overnight, downing trees and damaging roofs.

The damage was most severe in the Huon and Derwent valleys and the Tasman Peninsula.

Winds described as “tornado-like” battered the state’s north-west in the past two days, causing extensive damage to homes and property.

Homes in the state’s north were inundated by floodwaters.

Thousands of people around the state remained without power.

Several flood warnings are in force and police have warned drivers to be aware of trees across roads.

The wind died down early this morning in the north, allowing the State Emergency Service (SES) crews to continue the clean-up.

But mark Nelson from the SES says the calm weather will not last and severe conditions are expected to continue this afternoon and tonight.

“Please secure or put away any loose items in your yards, look after your children and pets and just know where they are,” he said.

Forecaster Anna Forrest said the winds were expected to pick up again, and might reach gale force in the state’s south.

“There’s another front coming towards us, so they will start to pick up again from mid to late morning and on to the afternoon,” she said.

“We can expect to see them getting up close to what we had… but no quiet as bad.

“We’re still looking at winds of around about 50 with gusts to 90 to 100 kilometres per hour.”

The bureau said conditions might not improve until Friday.

Trees fall on five homes in Tasmanian north

The SES said it was lucky no-one was injured when a tree fell severely damaging a house yesterday north of Launceston.

The house was one of two in Exeter damaged by trees brought down by strong winds.

In all, five homes across the north were hit by fallen trees.

SES spokesman Jim Bolzonello said people in northern Tasmania should secure loose objects and clear blocked drains ahead of today’s expected gales.

“Just get out there, help us because we’re out there, the volunteers are out there helping everyone else,” he said.