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Strong winds batter TAS

Ben McBurney, Sunday May 26, 2013 - 12:01 EST

Damaging westerly winds and showers have battered southern and western parts of TAS this weekend as a series of cold fronts crossed the state.

The first of the fronts crossed during Saturday, producing the strongest winds seen so far this weekend.

At Mount Wellington winds gusted as strong as 132km/h at 5pm on Saturday, while at Maatsuyker Island gusts reached up to 122km/h at midday.

Even the normally protected Hobart didn't escape, with gusts reaching 98km/h at 5pm at the airport, strong enough to bring down trees and powerlines. This was also the strongest wind gust since October.

While winds eased on Saturday evening across much of the state, except about the peaks and exposed coast, another front brought another burst this morning.

At Mount Wellington winds gusted up to 107km/h early this morning, while Maatsuyker Island hit 109km/h just before midday.

Unfortunately, the system has been associated with little rainfall. Much of the west and south have seen less than 10mm, apart from the exposed western ranges which received falls of 20-30mm. The east of the state has remained dry.

Winds should ease this evening and showers should clear as a high pressure ridge moves over the state. The calmer conditions and clearer skies will lead to colder nights over the next couple of days, with fog and frost likely over parts of the inland in the mornings.

Winds and showers should increase from Wednesday ahead of another cold front.

- Weatherzone

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