Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:48 am CST on Monday 2 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 4


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

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 today with widespread daily totals of 50 - 80 mm and isolated falls of 150 mm expected for the northern Tanami Desert. Rainfall into Tuesday is expected to increase with widespread falls of 70 - 120 mm expected in the Central Desert and south eastern Tanami Desert. Isolated falls of 180 mm could also be possible in places.

Rainfall is expected to expected to increase in the MacDonnell Ranges and southern Barkly during Tuesday with 40 - 100 mm daily totals expected into Wednesday. Rainfall extends to the upper Georgina River and Simpson Desert during Wednesday with daily rainfall totals 20 - 80 mm expected in many areas.

Many roads including major transport routes in the flood watch area can be expected to be affected from Monday and become impassable with some communities and homesteads becoming isolated.

A flood warning is current for Sturt Creek District (WA).

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Tanami Desert


Central Desert

MacDonnell Ranges

Simpson Desert

Georgina River and Eyre Creek

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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.

Emergency information is available at .

The latest road conditions are available at .

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