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 11:08 am Wednesday, 26 February 2020.

Weather Situation: At 9:30 am CST, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 115 kilometres north northwest of Elliott, moving west northwest at about 11 km/hr. The system is expected to continue moving west, moving into the eastern parts of the Gregory District during this afternoon as a deep tropical low. Squally thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are likely, particularly close to the system centre.

DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h with squally thunderstorms are possible over western Carpentaria District and northern Barkly District, extending to the eastern Gregory District during this afternoon.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected over the western Carpentaria and northwest Barkly Districts, extending to the eastern Gregory District this afternoon. 3 to 6 hourly rainfall totals of 50 to 100 mm are possible with thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Elliott, Kalkarindji, Larrimah, Daly Waters, Top Springs, Timber Creek, Yarralin and Daguragu.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Daly district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

24 hour rainfall totals of 128mm was recorded at Nutwood Downs and 103.2mm was observed at Merlin Mine to 9am Wednesday.

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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