NT Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Carpentaria, Gregory and Barkly districts.

Issued at 10:46 pm Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

WET AND WINDY CONDITIONS FOR CENTRAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATED WITH EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE ESTHER.

Weather Situation: At 9:30 pm CST, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 90 kilometres northeast of Elliott, moving west northwest at about 15 km/hr. The system is expected to continue moving west through the northern Barkly District or southern Carpentaria District overnight and move into the eastern parts of the Gregory District on Wednesday morning as a deep tropical low. Squally thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are likely, particularly close to the system centre.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50-60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected over southern Carpentaria District and northern Barkly District tonight, extending to the eastern Gregory District on Wednesday morning. The strongest winds are likely to be associated with squally showers and thunderstorms.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected over the southern Carpentaria and northern Barkly Districts tonight, extending to the eastern Gregory District early on Wednesday. The heaviest rainfalls are likely to be associated with squally showers and thunderstorms. 3 to 6 hourly rainfall totals of 50 to 100 mm are possible.

Locations which may be affected include Elliott, Kalkarindji, Larrimah, Daly Waters, Top Springs and Carpentaria District .

The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* secure loose outside objects and seek shelter when conditions deteriorate
* 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
* 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
* stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
* ensure pets and animals are safe
* be prepared in case of power outages, have an emergency kit with a radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
* for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.securent.nt.gov.au


 

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