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Heavy showers and damaging winds hammer Tasmania

Drew Casper-Richardson, Saturday May 4, 2013 - 10:52 EST

A vigorous cold front has brought damaging wind and the heaviest May rainfall in up to 13 years for parts of Tasmania.

During Friday a strong cold front blasted its way across the Apple Isle. Winds gusted over 100km/h at many locations with the passage of the front. On Friday afternoon Scotts Peak Dam gusted to 122km/h with Mt Wellington and Maatsuyker Island both reaching 109km/h. Hobart wasn't spared from the wind with a gust of 102km/h at 3:40pm. Damaging wind gusts lasted until the small hours of Saturday morning for some parts. Tasman Island gusted to 113km/h and Cape Grim 109km/h before the sun came up. At 10am, Tasman Island was still recording gust of over 100km/h.

Wind wasn't the only feature of the cold front. Heavy showers also spread through much of the state. Heaviest falls were in the west of the state where Mount Read picked up 55mm, their heaviest May rainfall since 2009. In Strathgordon 50mm made it to gauge. It was the highest May rainfall for 13 years in Scotts Peak Dam who recorded 49mm. On the Central Plateau, Lake St Clair had their heaviest rainfall in over a year with 42mm. Hobart dodged the heavy rain, picking up just 6mm.

Saturday will be a cold one across the state with gusty south westerly winds making it feel even colder. Showers and winds have already begun to ease in most parts of the state and this trend will continue through Saturday. Winds will be much lighter on Sunday with only a isolated showers in the west and south.

- Weatherzone

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