Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Carpentaria and parts of Arnhem and Barkly districts.

Issued at 4:49 pm Saturday, 6 February 2021.

TORRENTIAL RAIN EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND AS A TROPICAL LOW MOVES OVER THE CARPENTARIA DISTRICT

Weather Situation: At 4pm CST a tropical low [996 hPa] was located over the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, about 180 km northeast of Borroloola. The low is expected to strengthen over the Gulf of Carpentaria tonight, then cross the coast between Ngukurr and the Queensland border overnight or on Sunday morning. The low is expected to move across the Carpentaria District during Sunday and into the Gregory District later on Monday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is occurring in parts of the warning area and is expected to continue throughout today and Sunday.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 50-100m are possible across the warning area, with isolated falls of 100-200mm possible near the low.

HEAVY RAINFALL will extend into parts of the Gregory District from Sunday night.

Locally DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100 km/h are possible with thunderstorms overnight and during Sunday.

Locations which may be affected include Borroloola, Alyangula, Ngukurr, Larrimah, McArthur River and Daly Waters.

Rainfall totals in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday:

82mm at Roper River Mataranka

80mm at Cave Creek Station

77mm at Groote Eylandt Airport (60mm in 1 hour)

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