Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 9:44 am Saturday, 2 May 2020.

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS ACROSS PARTS OF THE WEST, NORTHWEST, SOUTHEAST AND BASS STRAIT ISLANDS TODAY, WITH DAMAGING SURF ALONG COASTS ABOUT THE FAR SOUTHEAST AND KING ISLAND

Weather Situation:
A very deep low pressure centre to the southeast of Tasmania moves away today, with strong south to southwesterly winds gradually easing during the day.

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h, are possible across parts of the west, northwest, far southeast and Bass Strait Islands today. Gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible about elevated areas as well as exposed coastal areas. Winds gradually ease during the day, with damaging winds contracting to the far southeast and Furneaux Islands later this evening.

DAMAGING SURF, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is possible along coasts about far south and southeast Tasmania as well as King Island (including Tasman Peninsula, Bruny Island and Currie). Damaging surf is expected mainly along the west to south facing coasts in these areas. Surf decreases across King Island this afternoon, then decreases in the southeast during Sunday morning.

Note that tides about south and southeastern Tasmania are expected to be higher than usual, so local inundation may occur with damaging surf. The highest tides are expected between 2 and 4 am Sunday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Currie, Smithton, Whitemark, Strahan, Queenstown and Zeehan.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Upper Derwent Valley and North East districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Wind gusts reported in the last 6 hrs: 130km/h at Cape Grim, 115km/h at Cape Bruny, 98km/h at Luncheon Hill, 91km/h at Hobart, Smithton and Flinders Island.

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.
* Surf Life Saving Tasmania advises no swimming in areas exposed to large surf.
* Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.