Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Carpentaria, Gregory and parts of Daly, Arnhem, Barkly and Tanami districts.

Issued at 10:56 pm Sunday, 7 February 2021.

TORRENTIAL RAIN EXPECTED AS A TROPICAL LOW MOVES OVER NORTHERN NT

Weather Situation: At 10pm CST, a tropical low [999hPa] was located approximately 150km southwest of Borroloola. The low is expected to move west or southwest across the Carpentaria or northern Barkly District overnight and during Monday and then across the Gregory District from Monday night.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is occurring over the western Carpentaria and Barkly Districts and is beginning to ease over the eastern Carpentaria District. HEAVY RAINFALL is expected to extend west into the Gregory and southern Daly Districts early Monday morning.

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

Locally DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100km/h are possible with thunderstorms overnight over the northern Barkly, western Carpentaria and eastern Gregory Districts, easing during Monday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Katherine, Wadeye, Lajamanu, Elliott, Kalkarindji and Mataranka.

Rainfall totals since 9am Sunday:
37mm at Roper River Mataranka
36mm at Merlin Mine
24hr Rainfall totals to 9am Sunday:
98mm at Lakefield
90mm at Baileys Grave
86mm at Favenc Range
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