Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Barkly, Simpson and Tanami districts.
Issued at 10:54 am Tuesday, 3 March 2020.
WET AND WINDY CONDITIONS AS EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE ESTHER MOVES SOUTHEAST OVER CENTRAL NT
Weather Situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther currently located near Lajamanu and is moving southeast. It is expected to move across the northern Tanami District today and into the southwest Barkly District either later tonight or early on Wednesday morning.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are likely across the northern Tanami District, extending into the southwest Barkly District during this morning, with winds in the northern Tanami District easing during the evening. Damaging wind gusts becoming more isolated by Tuesday evening.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected over the northern Tanami District this morning before easing during the evening. HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will extend into the southwest Barkly District during this morning.
A Flood Watch is current for the Tanami Desert, Central Desert, MacDonnell Ranges, Barkly, Georgina River and Simpson Desert.
Locations which may be affected include Tennant Creek, Lajamanu, Ali Curung, Arltunga, Ti Tree and Jervois.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Gregory district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
In the 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday 193mm was recorded at Suplejack, 96mm at Rabbit Flat and 72mm at Lajamanu.
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