Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 1:00 pm CST on Friday 9 March 2018

Flood Watch Number: 5

Rainfall over south eastern NT easing from today.

A humid east to northeast airmass is combining with an upper level trough to produce widespread areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms over central Australia.

Rainfall totals 70 - 130 mm have been recorded throughout the southern Barkly and northern Simpson Desert in the past 48 hours. Totals of 20 - 50 mm have been recorded in the MacDonnell Ranges and Georgina River over the same period.

Widespread rain across the southern Barkly, Georgina, Simpson Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Finke River is expected to ease during today, clearing westwards during Saturday.

Over the next 24 hours widespread totals of 20 - 30mm are expected with isolated falls to 50mm across the northern Simpson Desert, southern Barkly, eastern MacDonnell Ranges and western Georgina River.

River levels have risen from their seasonal levels and may impact road conditions throughout the area. Some roads may become impassable, isolating some communities for a period of time.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

MacDonnell Ranges
Simpson Desert
Georgina River and Eyre Creek

Flooding is no longer expected in the following catchments: Finke River and Stephenson Creek.

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More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch areas are available at .

Flood Safety Advice:
The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.

* Prepare for flooding and move away while safe to do so.

* Don't drive into floodwaters.

For emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones call 132 500.

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