Wild winds set to lash state to­day

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

TASMANIANS have been warned to bat­ten down the hatches, with dam­ag­ing winds pre­dicted to con­tinue lash­ing the state.

A statewide se­vere weather warn­ing was ac­ti­vated for to­day fol­low­ing strong west­erly winds of up to 100km/h which hit the South yes­ter­day.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Matthew Thomas said the wild winds were pre­dicted to in­crease to­day.

“There is po­ten­tial for wind gusts of up to 100km/h to hit the state’s South,” he said.

“The wind won’t go away soon ei­ther, but might ease overnight be­fore pick­ing up again.”

Mr Thomas said it was not unusual for a string of windy days dur­ing Novem­ber.

SES Tas­ma­nia as­sis­tant direc­tor oper­a­tions re­sources Leon Smith said crews were called to a Brighton prop­erty yes­ter­day after­noon to as­sist with a tree that had fallen in high winds.

“When peo­ple no­tice high winds fore­cast and note the di­rec­tion dif­fer­ent to a north­west­erly, it’s worth point­ing out that peo­ple should take that ex­tra bit of care,” he said.

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