Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:00 am Wednesday, 4 March 2020.


Weather Situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther is currently located near Tennant Creek and continues to move southeast. It is expected to move across the southern Barkly District and northeast Simpson District before moving into Queensland later in the day.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h with thunderstorms are expected across the southeastern Barkly District becoming less likely later today.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected over the southeast Barkly and eastern Simpson Districts this morning before easing later in the day as the low moves into Queensland.

A Flood Watch is current for the Tanami Desert, Central Desert, MacDonnell Ranges, Barkly, Georgina River and Simpson Desert.

Locations which may be affected include Jervois, Alpurrurulam and Simpson District east of Finke.

In the 24hrs to 9am this morning, Gemtree Park recorded 55mm and Jervois recorded 52mm.

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