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Wet and windy weekend for Tasmania

Drew Casper-Richardson, Saturday September 28, 2013 - 17:07 EST

A low pressure system and an associated cold front crossed Tasmania on Saturday bringing damaging winds and heavy rain.

Cape Grim copped the strongest gusts, reaching 106km/h early on Saturday afternoon. It wasn't just the exposed coast that felt strong winds with elevated areas such as Mt Read gusting to 93km/h. Hobart was largely protected from the strongest winds with a maximum gusts of just 41km/h.

Wind wasn't the only feature of this system with widespread rain bringing a damp start to the weekend for the Apple Isle. To 9am Saturday much of the northwest of the state picked up 15-25mm. Burnie on the Northwest Coast had the highest total with 31mm while Wynyard received 5.4mm in just 10 minutes early on Saturday morning. Wynyard had a total of 24.8mm to 9am, which is the highest September fall since 2010.

Showers continued through today although weren't as widespread with most areas only picking up a couple of millimetres. Mt Read was the exception with 25mm at 4:30pm. Hobart has only had light isolated showers from this system so far with not even 2mm recorded over the last two days.

It will be another windy one on Sunday, especially for those on elevated or exposed parts in the west of the state. Gusts are likely to exceed 80km/h in these parts. Showers will become more isolated as the day progresses and will generally be light.

- Weatherzone

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