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Weather Warnings - Flood Warning for TAS

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania
Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT
a Flood Warning.

Flood Watch for the North, North East, North West, East Coast and Furneaux

Issued at 3:25 pm EDT on Saturday 15 December 2018
By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 3

A Flood Watch continues for all river catchments in the North, North East,
North West and East Coast of Tasmania and the Furneaux Islands.
Minor to moderate riverine flooding is expected in multiple catchments. from
late Saturday. Localised flash flooding may result from heavy rain and
thunderstorms during Saturday and Sunday

A very moist east to northeasterly airstream with embedded thunderstorms is
being directed over Tasmania today until Sunday afternoon.

Thunderstorms are possible on Saturday, mainly in the north, and then statewide
on Sunday. Heavier rainfall totals are possible with thunderstorms, with severe
thunderstorms possible on Sunday.

Widespread rainfall totals of 5-15 mm were observed in the 24 hours to 9am
Saturday, with higher totals of 20-50 mm in the north east, and isolated higher
totals up to 94 mm at Gray. Since 9am, additional totals of 5-35 mm have been
recorded during Saturday.

Rain will continue during the weekend with the highest totals expected during
Saturday and early Sunday. Current expected two-day totals (Saturday to Sunday
midnight) are 100-150 mm in the north east, with isolated higher falls are
possible, 30-60 mm about the East Coast, 40-60 mm in the north and north west,
and 15-25mm elsewhere.

Localised flash flooding may result from heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Minor to moderate riverine flooding is expected in multiple catchments as a
result of the forecast rainfall. A moderate flood warning is current for the
South Esk River basin. Additional catchment specific warnings will be issued
and updated when required.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Furneaux Islands

North Esk River

South Esk River minor to moderate flooding

Meander River

Macquarie River

East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)

Ringarooma River

North Coastal Rivers

Tamar (Launceston)

Mersey River

Forth River

Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers

East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT
a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning
service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more
information on the Flood Watch Service:

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts

Flood Safety Advice:
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au
Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next issue:
The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10:00 am EDT on Sunday 16 December 2018.
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