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Warning to stay safe after storm hits

Tasmanians are strongly urged to make their safety the number one priority after a major storm hit the state overnight.

Many roads 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.

If you 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

Do you have an RACT Insurance claim? Call 13 27 22

If you have a non-emergency roadside breakdown, please call 13 11 11.

Please be patient – our call centre staff are working through calls as quickly as they can.

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.

It is requested that people with medical emergencies only present at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

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/

Emergency 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.