Issued: 12:30pm AEST Friday 6 May 2022
A severe weather warning for Tasmania remains current after widespread heavy rainfall and localised thunderstorms around south-eastern Tasmania overnight.
Several locations reported 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 100mm including kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Nugent and Leslie Vale. Hobart reported 85mm.
Rainfall has eased in the Hobart area, but heavy rainfall may continue around the far south into the afternoon.
Damaging south to south easterly winds also occurred in south-eastern Tasmania overnight, although the strongest winds were confined to coastal and elevated areas. These winds have eased below warning criteria. The strongest gust in Hobart was 87 km/hr at 3am.
Minor to moderate flooding is likely to develop in rivers during Friday. The following warnings are current:
- A Moderate Flood Warning is current for the Jordan River.
- Minor Flood Warnings are current for Huon, Derwent, South Esk, and Macquarie. Flooding is also expected along the Coal River.
- Additional areas of localised flooding may develop during Friday with further heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, particularly in southern parts covered by the Severe Weather Warning.
Many local creeks and small rivers are also rising rapidly. This includes east coastal rivers (south of Bicheno), and creeks flowing down from Mt Wellington (such as Humphreys, Hobart, North West Bay, and Browns rivulets and Mountain River) and the Wellington Ranges (such as Styx and Plenty rivers).
There is a risk of damaging northerly winds about northeastern Tasmania, including the Furneaux Islands for Friday evening continuing overnight and into Saturday.
This weather is being generated by a complex area of low pressure currently moving over Tasmania. The weather is expected to be mostly settled from Sunday onwards as the low moves away to the east.
Communities are recommended to stay up to date with warnings via the Bureau’s website: Tasmania Weather and Warnings (bom.gov.au) or the BOM Weather App and follow the advice of emergency services.