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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Strong winds have brought down power lines and caused property damage around southern Tasmania , with gusts in Hobart topping 120 kilometres per hour. Ten days after , some residents are again cleaning up after a night of wild weather.

After record floods two weeks ago, Hobart residents are cleaning up after strong winds down power lines, shatter windows and blow roofs off.

Boats broke their moorings in the strong winds at Montague Bay, near Hobart.© Provided by ABC News Boats broke their moorings in the strong winds at Montague Bay, near Hobart. Strong winds have brought down power lines and caused property damage around southern Tasmania, with gusts in Hobart topping 120 kilometres per hour.

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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Streets closed in city as gusts pass 100kmh, damaging roofs, power lines and traffic lights and bringing down trees.

They were declared a disaster, as result of the damage .[3][4]. Subsequent weather a week later also caused problems. southern - tasmania /9785850 Strong winds batter southern Tasmania cutting power , damaging property .

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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Forecasters said the strongest winds were expected in the north-west of England, northern Wales and in small parts of There is also a small chance of power cuts , and some damage to buildings such as tiles blowing off roofs, the Met Office said. There are no reports of injury or damage to property .

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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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