Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:56 am CST on Sunday 1 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 3


Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther is expected to move into the northern Tanami District from the west as a deep tropical low on Tuesday.

Some parts of southern Northern Territory received rainfall earlier this season but most areas are very dry from below average rainfall to date.

Rainfall is expected to increase from Monday with widespread daily totals of 50 - 80 mm and isolated falls of 150 mm expected for the Tanami Desert. Rainfall into Tuesday is expected to increase with widespread falls of 70 - 120 mm in the Tanami Desert. Isolated falls of 180 mm could also be possible in these parts. Rainfall is expected to increase in the Central Desert and MacDonnell Ranges during Tuesday with 40 - 80 mm daily totals expected into Wednesday.

Many roads in the flood watch area can be expected to be affected from Monday and become impassable and some communities and homesteads may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Tanami Desert
Central Desert
MacDonnell Ranges
Sturt Creek District

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Upper Victoria River.

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More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch Areas are available at .

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.

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