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Australia Strong winds batter southern Tasmania cutting power, damaging property

03:55  22 may  2018
03:55  22 may  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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DAMAGING gusts of more than 110km/h battered southern parts of Australia overnight with Victorians and Tasmanians warned to take care on Friday as Further south , Tasmania will get a lashing ahead of the rapidly approaching cold front and associated low. The front will bring strong and gusty winds

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Ten days after Hobart had record floods and storm damage, some residents are again cleaning up after a night of wild weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the area experienced wind gusts in triple figures overnight.

Power was cut to about 2,500 properties.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has received more than 60 calls from the public reporting property damage, including roofs blown off, shattered windows and damaged chimneys.

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Emergency Services in southern Tasmania prepare for the possible flooding of the Huon River early on Friday morning due to high rainfalls and melting snow.

Strong winds which have battered Tasmania in the past 24 hours down powerlines, rip the roof from a school and even blow a waterfall backwards.

The worst-affected areas were South and West Hobart, Lenah Valley and Glenorchy.

Boats broke their moorings at Montagu Bay and Lindisfarne and some Hobart streets were closed while debris was cleared.

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Fallen trees caused outages in the Hobart suburbs of Sandy Bay and Taroona, while power cuts at Ms Revie said some basic home maintenance could help prevent property damage . Tasmanians are bracing for heavy rain, strong winds , possible flooding and snow across Thursday and Friday.

BITTERLY cold, wild weather is sweeping across Australia as a powerful cold front brings strong , damaging winds . In Tasmania , Cape Bruny, an inactive lighthouse located at the southern tip of Bruny Island, off the Up to 120,000 customers were cut off at the height of the weather.

BOM forecaster Matthew Thomas said most of the wind has been concentrated to the south-east of the state and gusts are expected to ease throughout the day.

"The windiest location was Mount Wellington where we saw a wind gust of 144 kilometres an hour, Hobart received a wind gust of 113 kilometres an hour, Maatsuyker Island 111 kilometres an hour," he said.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens will be closed today after wind gusts brought down four significant trees, including some 200 years old.

Another SES spokesman, Leon Smith, warned residents that wet soil from recent heavy rain could make backyard trees unstable.

"There is still wet ground and potential for trees to come down so always look up and be aware," he said.

"Things can still dislodge."

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