Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Simpson and Lasseter districts.
Issued at 4:08 pm Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
AN INTENSE THUNDERSTORM IS PROPAGATING ACROSS SOUTHERN NT
Weather Situation: At 4:00PM CST, radar data suggested large hail was present in a thunderstorm approximately 140km southwest of Alice Springs. It is moving north-northeast at 55km/h. The storm may be in the vicinity of Alice Springs township by 6:30pm CST if it persists over the next few hours. There are further thunderstorms near Watarrka that may become severe over the next hour.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Alice Springs, Arltunga, Papunya, Hermannsburg, Curtin Springs and Watarrka.
The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* slow down and turn your headlights on
* create your own sandbags if there is flooding, by using pillow cases or shopping bags filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home
* secure loose outside objects
* ensure pets and animals are safe
* avoid remaining in the open when storms threaten
* pull over if it is raining heavily and you cannot see, park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
* avoid driving into water of unknown depth and current
* for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.securent.nt.gov.au