Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Arnhem and Carpentaria districts.

Issued at 11:26 am Friday, 5 February 2021.

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

Weather Situation: A tropical low is expected to form in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria today and move southwest over the Carpentaria District this weekend.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected to develop early Saturday morning on Groote Eylandt and extend to the eastern Carpentaria and southeast Arnhem District during Saturday.

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

Locations which may be affected include Borroloola, Alyangula, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, McArthur River and Carpentaria District south of Ngukurr.

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