Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:08 am EDT on Thursday 4 February 2021

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 1

Widespread minor to moderate flooding is expected in the flood watch catchments from early Saturday morning, with isolated major flooding possible.

A complex low pressure system will develop to the northwest of Tasmania and bring a band of tropical moisture over Tasmania during Friday and early Saturday. Isolated thunderstorms are likely within this rain band and provide further risk of intense rainfall.

Catchments in the northwest and northeast are relatively wet from recent rainfall.

From midday Friday to midday Saturday widespread rainfall totals of 40-80 mm are forecast in the north of Tasmania, with isolated falls of 100-200 mm possible about elevated parts, including the Western Tiers and Northeast highlands.

Rapid river rises are expected in response to forecast rainfall. Widespread minor to moderate riverine flooding is expected to develop in the flood watch catchments from early Saturday morning, with isolated major flooding possible.

Localised flooding is also expected in areas that receive heavy rainfall.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River
South Esk River
Meander River
Macquarie River
East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)
Ringarooma River
North Coastal Rivers
Tamar (Launceston)
Mersey River
Forth River
Northwest and Central Coastal Rivers
Arthur River

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:

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

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

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