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Tasmanians warned beware ahead of more wild weather

Wild winter weather is making for hazardous driving conditions in Tasmania, with motorists warned to stay off the roads if they can.

Wild winter weather is making for hazardous driving conditions in Tasmania, with motorists warned to stay off the roads if they can. Photo: Getty

Tasmanians are being warned to stay off the state’s roads if they can, with potentially destructive winds and hazardous driving conditions on the way.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 120km/h were recorded at kunanyi/Mt Wellington near Hobart overnight and approached 140km/h in the far southwest.

They have mostly since eased but are set for a return, according to the state’s SES.

“Please stay vigilant as there is more to come,” said assistant director Leon Smith.

“We’ve already seen trees down on roads across the state and we are expecting two more weather events over the next day or so.”

Mr Smith said the wild weather was expected to ramp up again on Monday afternoon, with “strong signals for damaging and potentially destructive winds, particularly in western and southern areas”.

Tides will be abnormally high while road conditions are likely to be hazardous, with the potential for sea spray across causeways and other low-lying exposed coastal areas.

Acting Inspector Scott Mackenzie said police and other emergency services needed people to take note of the warnings and act responsibly.

“If wild weather is occurring and you don’t need to travel on our roads, don’t travel,” he said.

“If you do have to be out and about, factor in extra time to allow for delays or road closures and slow down and drive to the conditions.”

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