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Second surge of wild weather to reach Tasmania's south as winds ravage the state

Thursday July 11, 2019 - 12:44 EST
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Another surge of wild weather is set to hit Tasmania, this time in the south, after gale force winds ravaged the west and north-west coasts overnight, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.

The BoM says wild winds of around 100 kilometres per hour were set to intensify tonight.

Wind gusts of 122 kilometres per hour were recorded on kunanyi/Mount Wellington, while speeds reached 107kph at Low Head and 102kph at Maria Island.

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But the BoM says the next wind surge is expected to hit the south between 1:00am and 6:00am on Saturday.

"Cape Bruny and Tasman Peninsula will be seeing mean wind speeds, well and truly into the gale force," duty forecaster Tim Bolden said.

"However, as we move into the Hobart area, it's only the potential for damaging winds. It's less likely but still a possibility.

"We will see those showers increase again this evening as another low pressure system moves just south west of the state."

Winds knock out power to hundreds

Around 1,800 properties in the north were without power this morning after wind gusts exceeded 100 kilometres per hour overnight.

More than 500 customers in Beechford, Pipers River and Weymouth lost power, while 200 customers have been affected in Wilmot in the north west.

A family in Heybridge, near Burnie, fled their home in the middle of the night after low-level flooding affected their property.

Tasmania Police responded to 30 weather-related callouts overnight, and warned motorists to be on the watch for "fallen trees or debris on the roads".


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