Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:00 am CST on Sunday 30 January 2022

Flood Watch Number: 4

FLOODING IS LIKELY IN MANY PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NORTHERN TERRITORY

A monsoon trough lies across the Barkly and northern Tanami Districts, with a deepening monsoon low located over the northwest Tanami District. The monsoon low will move westwards into northern WA today. Thee monsoon trough will drift south to be over the southern Tanami on Tuesday and Wednesday, before moving north again mid-week.

Heavy falls are likely over southern areas until mid-week, but are expected to ease over the Barkly District from Monday.

The flood watch area catchments are wetting up due to recent rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Sunday, rainfall totals of 20 - 50 mm have been recorded across the flood watch area.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue over parts of the Flood Watch area, gradually moving westward.

Rainfall totals of 20-40 mm with isolated totals up to 100 mm is forecast for the remainder of Sunday over the Barkly, Tanami and Central Desert, while isolated totals of 60 mm are possible across southern NT. From Monday rainfall of 20-40 mm with isolated totals of 100 mm or more is possible across southern NT.

Significant flooding of low lying areas and river rises are expected. Many roads, and possibly primary and secondary highways, may be affected. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated. Check road conditions before travelling.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Nicholson River
Tanami Desert
Barkly
Central Desert
Western Desert
MacDonnell Ranges
Finke River and Stephenson Creek
East Kimberley Rivers
Sturt Creek District

See www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings to view all of the Bureau's current warning products.

More information on the Flood Watch Service and maps of Flood Watch areas are available at www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml .

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.

Emergency information is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au .

The latest road conditions are available at www.roadreport.nt.gov.au .

Rainfall and River Conditions Map