Tasmanians are strongly urged to make their safety the number one priority after a major storm hit the state overnight.
are closed, floodwaters are high and debris is being blown about by strong
winds. Motorists are asked to avoid floodwaters and closed roads and delay
travel if at all possible.
are in a life-threatening emergency please call Triple Zero (000).
For SES assistance please call
13 25 00
For Police non-emergencies call 13 14 44
have an RACT Insurance claim? Call 13 27 22
have a non-emergency roadside breakdown, please call 13 11 11.
patient – our call centre staff are working through calls as quickly as they
Major roads in
Hobart’s CBD are significantly affected by floodwaters and debris, and power
outages are affecting some traffic lights. The roads are unlikely to be
open for several hours.
requested that people with medical emergencies only present at the Royal Hobart
Up to date road closures can be
found at www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts
Some schools are also closed. A
list can be found at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/alerts/
services have received hundreds of calls for assistance – wind damage to roofs
and sheds and trees blown over. There have been flash flooding events in
Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Sandy Bay and the Hobart CBD.
SES advises that evacuation
centres have been established at Mathers House at 180 Bathurst Street
(next to the State Library) and in Kingston at 99 Beach Road (behind Raine and
Horne Real Estate) for people requiring information support or shelter. Local
council staff will be available to assist.
The weather event is persisting
and further wind and heavy rain is expected between 8am and midday, and people are
urged to be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel.