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More rain due for flood-warned Tasmania

AAP logoAAP 3/10/2016 Andrew Drummond

Several Tasmanian rivers already at risk of flooding will keep nearby residents nervous, with more rain forecast across the island state.

The Bureau of Meteorology on Monday maintained flood warnings for eight rivers, with emergency service crews doorknocking some properties in the state's north to make sure occupants were aware of the threat.

Warnings are likely to stay in place with parts of the state expecting to receive another 100mm of rain over the coming week, BoM spokesman Malcolm Riley said.

"It will be absolutely sheeting down on the west coast (on Tuesday) and some of that falls into the southern catchments, so the situation is statewide," he told AAP.

"It's probably not enough to send a river into flood normally but it will at least maintain already high levels."

On Monday emergency crews focused on the northern Mersey and Forth rivers where people living in nearby low-lying areas were told to watch rising levels.

Forth, near Devonport, recorded 70mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 9am Monday.

A little further east at the centre of Latrobe the nearby Mersey River reached its peak just before midday.

"Strong and dangerous flows will remain a hazard across the whole Mersey catchment over the next few days," The BoM said.

Farmers across northern, central and east Tasmania have also been warned of approaching cold temperatures and strong winds late on Monday.

"There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions," the BoM reported.

In 2016 Tasmania has set a new record, with the number of flood warnings issued standing at more than 540, surpassing the previous record of 515 in 2011.

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