Rabu, 06 Agustus 2014

Strong winds in Hobart uproot trees, bring down power lines (ABC)

Strong winds brought a tree down onto cars at the University of Tasmania.ABC Strong winds brought a tree down onto cars at the University of Tasmania.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has been responding to calls for assistance after high winds struck Tasmania's south.

Gale-force gusts have been recorded with winds reaching 113 kilometres per hour in Hobart and 159 kilometres per hour on Mount Wellington.

Roofs and sheds have been lifted from their foundations, trees have been uprooted and power lines have been brought down.

Police said trees had been brought down in Sandy Bay, Blackmans Bay, Cygnet and Richmond.

There were also reports of damage to several roofs in Hobart's suburbs including Dynnyrne, Lutana, New Town and Glenorchy, while power lines are down in Lenah Valley.

The SES has received more than 40 calls for help.

SES state operations manager George Cretu urged people to stay indoors and be patient as emergency services sought to address all reports.

"Most suburbs from Granton through to Blackmans Bay have road closures or incidents on roads from trees," he said.

"And there's also power lines in public places that have come down.

"We've had about 12 reports of roof damage or roofs off and sheds blown over."

ABC reporter Fred Hooper told 936 ABC Hobart he arrived home to find his neighbour's roof in his backyard.

"It's from the front of their house. It's a pitched roof so the front of the pitch facing the highway in Hobart has actually come off," he said.

"It sort of flipped over the back of our house and into our backyard."

Mr Cretu warned people not to try and move fallen trees.

"With the intensity of this wind what we definitely say is don't go out and attempt to do anything yourself," he said.

The severe winds are expected to ease by 9pm (AEST).


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