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Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

Erin Cooper, Friday August 10, 2018 - 19:13 EST
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A roof from a neighbour's house blew onto a balcony at Coningham, south of Hobart. - ABC licensed

Wild winds which had lashed Tasmania causing some property damage and delaying Hobart flights have eased.

An airport spokesman said the velocity of the winds made it unsafe for workers to handle baggage and for passengers to walk across the tarmac.

Passengers had reported being kept on the tarmac on at least one flight after arriving in Hobart.

The airport's website had experienced problems with its flight information and passengers had been advised to monitor their flight status with their airline.

Residents in the state's south have reported trees down and roofs blown off.

At their strongest winds had exceeded 100 kilometres per hour in the Hobart area but had now died down to about 30 kph.

Wind gusts on top of kunanyi/Mount Wellington had been clocked at 107kph, with 106kph at Mount Read and 102kph at Scott's Peak.

Strahan has also experienced wind speeds above 100kph.

'It's a miracle he wasn't hurt'

The delays at the airport follow some property damage in suburbs south of Hobart.

Coningham resident Rosemary Chalke said she was "feeling very lucky" after a neighbour's roof blew into her garden.

"I was in the loungeroom with my granddaughter and there was this massive roar. I've never heard anything like it," she said.

"I saw this roof hanging over our balcony, and I thought it was our own roof. My husband was outside at the time so it's a miracle he wasn't hurt."

Ms Chalke said she and her family had to shelter in a back room in case the metal blew through their glass doors.

"Some other neighbours came around very quickly and warned us to go to our back downstairs room so we were out of the way if the wind picked up."

Emergency services had urged people to stay inside during the afternoon.

The SES had received only a handful of callouts.

The severe weather warning remains in place for abnormally high tides, with a king tide expected in .

Low-lying areas like Lauderdale and Huonville may experience seawater flooding and water spilling onto the road.


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