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Severe Weather Warning

A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds has been issued for King Island, with damaging winds expected to develop Friday night.

Weather Situation: Vigorous northwesterly flow will develop over Bass Strait and Tasmania from later Friday, shifting west to southwesterly with the passage of a strong cold front overnight Friday and Saturday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are likely over King Island from midnight Friday, then will persist during Saturday. Wind gusts around 110 km/h are possible with heavier showers and thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Currie.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Supervise children closely.
* Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
* Manage pets and livestock.
* Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment.
* Be prepared in case of power outages and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
* Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.
* Listen to the ABC radio or check for further advice.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.