Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Carpentaria and Barkly districts.

Issued at 4:42 pm Monday, 24 February 2020.

DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL CYCLONE ESTHER OVER THE CARPENTARIA AND BARKLY DISTRICTS

Weather Situation: Tropical Cyclone Esther made landfall near the NT/QLD border earlier Monday. At 04:00 AEST, Tropical Cyclone Esther is located about 145 kilometres west of Mornington Island and 180 kilometres southeast of Borroloola, moving towards the west southwest at 14 kilometres per hour. As the system moves further inland it is expected to weaken below tropical cyclone strength. Squally thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are likely to continue even after the system weakens below tropical cyclone strength.
A Tropical Cyclone Warning remains in place for coastal areas of the Carpentaria District.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are likely in the eastern Carpentaria and northeastern Barkly Districts during this evening. The area at risk of damaging winds will extend further west into central parts of the Carpentaria and northern parts of the Barkly Districts overnight and into Tuesday. The strongest winds are likely to be associated with squally showers and thunderstorms.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop in the eastern Carpentaria and far northeastern Barkly Districts during this evening. The area at risk of heavy rainfall will extend further west into central parts of the Carpentaria and northern parts of the Barkly Districts overnight and into Tuesday. The heaviest rainfall are likely to be associated with squally showers and thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Borroloola, Brunette Downs, Cresswell Downs, Avon Downs and Wollogorang.

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