Bureau of Meteorology issues flood watch for the North West | The Advocate

Date: 2022-01-05 03:38:36

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With heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms across the state expected the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning and flood watch instruction for the Coast. BOM has estimated that minor to moderate flooding could occur from Friday morning, with a trough expected to move across the North West on Thursday. BOM senior meteorologist Luke Johnston said potentially damaging east to north-easterly winds with gusts around 80 – 90 kilometres per hour should be expected from Thursday morning until the evening. IN OTHER NEWS: “Today is a pretty settled day in Tasmania but from Thursday we start to see things get a little more intense,” he said. “The key area for concern on Thursday for most of the day is going to be areas north-west of Wynyard and Rosebery.” This includes King Island. “The winds are coming from the east and that has the potential to cause a bit more damage than you’d likely see from winds this speed,” he said. Mr Johnston said the heaviest rainfall would likely be from Thursday morning until late Friday morning, across the northern half of Tasmania. The Bureau estimated over the 36-hour period to midnight Friday up to 100mm of rain was likely for the North West and North East of the state. Falls of 150+ mm are possible about the Western Tiers. Hail is also possible with thunderstorms on Friday afternoon and evening. “It’s very likely we’ll be issuing another severe weather warning for heavy rainfall… sometime on Thursday morning,” Mr Johnston said. River rises are expected, with minor to moderate flooding potentially developing from Friday morning. Tasmanians are asked to watch out for localised flooding. Catchments expected to be affected include

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