Damaging wind gusts hammer TASDrew Casper-Richardson, Sunday August 18, 2013 - 17:27 EST
Parts of Tasmania have been hammered by damaging wind gusts today as a cold front sweeps across the south east of Australia.
Exposed and elevated areas in the west of the state have been the hardest hit so far. Cape Grim had a windy wake up call with a 135km/h just before 6am on Sunday. Winds then started gusting over 100km/h consistently from midday, with the strongest coming at 4:30pm with a whopping 152km/h gust. These wind gusts are the same strength that you would experience in a strong Category 2 tropical cyclone.
Elsewhere in the west of the state, Low Rocky Point has gusted to 106km/h and Mt Read to 100km/h. Hobart has dodged the strongest winds with the highest gust being 67km/h so far while at Devonport it reached 94km/h.
Showers, some heavy, have also raced over the Apple Isle with the highest totals occurring in the states north. Scottsdale has picked up 33mm since 9am and Launceston 17mm. Hobart is yet to reach 1mm.
The wet and windy weather will continue through Sunday with winds starting to ease from Monday morning.
© Weatherzone 2013
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