Weather Wild Tas rain cuts power, schools closed

Wild Tas rain cuts power, schools closed

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Wild storms have cut power to thousands of people in southern Tasmania and forced schools to close.

A severe weather warning was in place on Friday morning for heavy rainfall and damaging winds across the state’s south and east, including Hobart.

Some 2800 properties, all in the south, had lost power, while several radio stations were taken offline.

About a dozen schools have shut their doors for the day, the state’s education department says.

Winds reaching 109km/h were recorded at the summit of Hobart’s kunanyi/Mt Wellington, while gusts up to 87km/h occurred in the city.

“We’ve had a very busy night,” SES acting director Leon Smith told ABC Hobart radio.

“The lightning and thunderstorm activity that came across the coast and Hobart (overnight) resulted in just under 100 calls (for assistance) within two hours.”

Minor and moderate flood warnings are in place for the South Esk River, Macquarie River, River Derwent, Jordan River, Coal River and Huon River.

Areas in the south, including South Hobart, have recorded more than 100 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours.

There have been reports of flash flooding on Hobart streets.

Several roads have been closed in the south, with authorities urging people not to travel unnecessarily.