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Gales and heavy rain target Tasmania

Ben Domensino, Wednesday October 2, 2013 - 11:49 EST

An intense low pressure system passing to the south of Tasmania today will batter the island state with damaging winds and heavy rain.

The brawn of the system has already been felt this morning by those in southern and western areas, particularly near the coasts and on elevated terrain.

Sheffield recorded a gust of 91km/h at 11am today, the strongest there in three years. There were also one year highs at Maria Island (104km/h), Erriba (93km/h) and Luncheon Hill (109km/h).

Cape Grim recorded a gust of 137km/h this morning and Mount Wellington recorded 133km/h. At the base of Tasmania's iconic mountain, windows were also rattling in Hobart last night as gusts exceeded 80km/h in the city.

Scotts Peak Dam recorded 52mm of rain to 9am this morning as showers swept in ahead of the system, which was their heaviest October drop in at least 16 years. Nearby, Warra registered 43mm, their heaviest fall in over a month.

In the state's North East, Mount Victoria registered 29mm during the 24 hours to 9am this morning following 108mm in the same time period to 9am Tuesday. The mountain in Tasmania's North East, which is popular with bushwalkers on drier days, may see another 40-60mm by 9am tomorrow, bringing their three-day total close to 200mm.

As the low spins by the state's south today, damaging winds are a risk for all districts. Elevated areas and the western and southern coasts will experience the strongest winds, where gusts in the 80-100km/h range ar likely at times until this afternoon.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will also sweep across the state from west to east during the day. These showers will clear the east in the afternoon, while continuing to soak the state's north and west into the evening.

By then end of tonight, parts of the Western and Central Plateau districts are likely to have picked up more than 60mm of rain, with some locations likely to have seen around 100mm. These totals will grade to falls of 5-10mm in the state's east, including Hobart.

Looking ahead, the remainder of the week will be noticeably windy across most of the state as another front approaches from the west. Thankfully for most, Thursday and Friday will not be windy or wet as today, although a good grip on your umbrella will be a good idea.

- Weatherzone

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