Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in East Coast, Midlands and parts of Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, Central North and Central Plateau Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:15 pm Saturday, 15 January 2022.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF INTENSE RAINFALL AND LARGE HAILSTONES OCCURRING OVER MULTIPLE DISTRICTS.

Weather Situation: A slow moving trough and low pressure system moving over Tasmania this afternoon and evening provides favourable conditions for thunderstorms to develop.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy, locally INTENSE rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the East Coast district.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy, locally INTENSE rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in the East Coast, Midlands and parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, Central North and Central Plateau districts. Locations which may be affected include Oatlands, St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford and Bothwell.

30.2mm of rain fell over 30 minutes up to 2:21pm at Tunnack Fire Station.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.