Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 12:11 pm CST on Friday 21 February 2020
Flood Watch Number: 1
WIDESPREAD FLOODING EXPECTED ON CARPENTARIA COAST FROM MONDAY.
A Tropical Low is developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria and may develop into a cyclone over the weekend. The system is expected to move towards the southwest and cross the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria coast during Monday.
Most catchments along the Gulf of Carpentaria coast are relatively dry except those in the southern Gulf which have received rainfall earlier in the season. These areas can expect rivers and streams to respond to rainfall.
Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 - 200 mm are expected for many catchments on the Gulf of Carpentaria coast from Monday.
Widespread areas of localised flooding and significant river rises in larger river systems can be expected from Monday, increasing on Tuesday. Widespread disruption to roads can be expected from Monday with major transport routes possibly impacted as well. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
Limmen Bight River
See www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings to view all of the Bureau's current warning products.
More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch areas are available at www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml .
Flood Safety Advice:
The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Prepare for flooding and move away while safe to do so.
* Don't drive into floodwaters.
For emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones call 132 500.
Emergency information is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au .
The latest road conditions are available at www.roadreport.nt.gov.au .
Rainfall and River Conditions Map