Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:48 am CST on Wednesday 26 February 2020

Flood Watch Number: 6

FLOODING EXPECTED TO EXTEND TO WESTERN TOP END FROM TODAY.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther is expected to move towards the west and cross the base of the Top End over the next two days as a deep tropical low.

Many parts of the Carpentaria coast have received 250 - 300 mm over the past 48 hours with many streams and rivers rising in response. Many parts of the Victoria River have received earlier rainfall this season with streams and creeks in these parts expected to respond to rainfall in the coming days.

Further daily rainfall totals of 50 - 150 mm are expected for many parts of the Roper River, northern Barkly and eastern parts of the Victoria River into tomorrow. Rainfall is expected to ease in the Carpentaria coastal rivers and northern Barkly from tomorrow whilst in the Victoria River and southern Daly River daily rainfall totals of 50 - 150 mm can be expected into Friday.

Widespread areas of localised flooding and significant river rises in larger river systems can be expected to continue in Carpentaria coastal and northern Barkly catchments and extend into the western Top End from tomorrow. Widespread disruption to roads can be expected with major transport routes possibly impacted later in the week. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated.

A minor flood warning for the McArthur River is current.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Upper Victoria River
Victoria River below Kalkarindji
Fitzmaurice River
Lower Daly River
Daly River above Douglas River
Katherine River
Moyle River
Roper River
Towns River
Limmen Bight River
Rosie River
Robinson River
Calvert River
Settlement Creek
Nicholson River
Barkly(Particularly Northern Barkly)

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 .

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