Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:57 am CST on Tuesday 3 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 5


Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther is located over the northern Tanami District as a deep tropical low and is expected to move south east across the southern Barkly to the Simpson District by tomorrow.

Widespread rainfall totals of 50 - 100 mm have been recorded throughout the northern Tanami Desert with isolated falls to 190 mm in places.

Rainfall is expected to ease in the western Tanami Desert during today as rain contracts to the south east. Rainfall is expected to increase in the Central Desert and south eastern Tanami Desert from today with widespread falls of 70 - 120 mm expected. Isolated falls of 180 mm could also be possible in places.

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

Many roads including major transport routes in the flood watch area are expected to continue to be affected and become or remain 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.

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