Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:39 am EST on Wednesday 21 August 2019

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 3

Isolated minor flooding may develop in the North West catchments from Thursday. Minor Flood Warnings are current for the Huon and Derwent Rivers.

A strong westerly to southwesterly flow will persist over Tasmania during Wednesday, before easing during Thursday. An embedded front will cross the State Wednesday evening.

Catchments are saturated from winter rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9 am Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals of 10-40 mm were recorded in the flood watch catchments, with isolated higher totals up to 82 mm at Cradle Valley.

Widespread rainfall totals of 10-20 mm are forecast for Wednesday, with higher totals possible in the elevated areas. Additional totals of 5-10 mm are forecast for Thursday. No significant rainfall totals are forecast for Friday.

River rises are occurring due to high rainfall totals over the last couple of days and some dams are spilling. Isolated minor flooding is possible from Thursday based on forecast rainfall.

Catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.

Strong and dangerous flows will be a hazard over the next couple of days.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Mersey River
Forth River
Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
Arthur River

Flood warnings are current for the following catchments: Huon River, Derwent River Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon), Derwent River.

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts

Flood Safety Advice:
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

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