Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Tanami district.

Issued at 5:37 am Monday, 2 March 2020.

Weather Situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther currently located over the southeast Kimberley region and is moving back east southeast towards central districts of the NT. It is expected to move into the northern Tanami District tonight or early Tuesday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are likely to start developing across the northwestern Tanami District from late this afternoon, extending across the remainder of the northern Tanami District on Tuesday night.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop from late this afternoon over the northwestern Tanami District and extending across the remainder of the northern Tanami District on Tuesday night.

A Flood Watch is current for the Tanami Desert, Central Desert and MacDonnell Ranges.

Locations which may be affected include Rabbit Flat, Supplejack Downs and The Granites.

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