Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 8:14 am Thursday, 27 February 2020.

WET AND WINDY CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE ESTHER

Weather Situation: At 6:30 Am CST, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther was located about 67 km east of Timber Creek and 90 km north of Victoria River Downs, moving west northwest at about 11 km/hr. The system is expected to continue moving west, moving across the Gregory District during Thursday as a deep tropical low. The low will strengthen further from Thursday afternoon as it draws in moisture from the Timor Sea.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING over the Gregory, Daly and far western Carpentaria Districts during Thursday. Widespread rainfall of 50 to 120mm with isolated falls of 200mm are expected, with the heaviest rainfall likely to develop from Thursday afternoon and evening. The risk of widespread heavy rainfall has eased in the Barkly Districts and central and eastern Carpentaria Districts, but isolated thunderstorms are expected to continue.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 35 to 45 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible with thunderstorms in the western Gregory and southwest Daly District. The risk of damaging winds increases from Thursday afternoon and evening.

A flood Watch is current for Carpentaria COastal Rivers, Barkly and Western Top End.

Locations which may be affected include Darwin, Katherine, Palmerston, Wadeye, Nauiyu and Pine Creek.

Rainfall totals since 9am Wednesday

- Batchelor Airport 176.8mm

- Dashwood Crossing 142.5mm

- Armstrong River 141.5mm

- Roper River Mataranaka 139.5mm

- VIctoria River Downs 129mm

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