Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:02 am Wednesday, 14 February 2018.

Weather Situation: A squally cold front crosses Tasmania this morning followed by strong and gusty westerly winds.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h, are possible in parts of Tasmania during today. However, isolated DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS in excess of 130 km/h are possible in storms about the northeast and east coast forecast districts until 11 am.

The strongest gusts are expected during this morning and afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease this evening.

Locations which may be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Strahan, New Norfolk and Hobart.

Wind gusts observed with the cold front: 146 km/h reported at King Island Airport, 104 km/h reported at Wynyard and Launceston, 100 km/h reported at Low Head.

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.
* Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.
* Listen to the ABC radio or check for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.