Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:34 pm EDT on Friday 15 October 2021

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 3

Areas of minor flooding are possible during Friday within the flood watch area.

A complex low-pressure system is over northern Tasmania and moving into Bass Strait during Friday evening.

Most catchments are relatively wet.

In the 24 hrs to 9:00 am Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 30 - 40 mm have been recorded across the flood watch catchments with totals of 50 - 60 mm at higher elevation.

For the remainder of Friday, rainfall totals of 10 - 20 mm are forecast for the west and far south, with higher isolated totals of 20 - 30 mm possible due to thunderstorm activity. Rainfall totals of up to 5 mm are forecast for the north west, central north and north east.

River rises are occurring and minor flooding is possible at some locations.

Localised flooding is also possible during Friday with isolated storms.

The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings as required.

A moderate flood warning is current for the South Esk and minor flood warnings are current for the North Esk and Macquarie catchments.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Meander River
East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
Ringarooma River
North Coastal Rivers
Tamar (Launceston)
Huon River
Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)
Derwent River(Including Ouse and Clyde)
Jordan River
Coal River
East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)
South East

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts

Flood Safety Advice:
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

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