Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Barkly and Simpson districts.

Issued at 9:55 pm Friday, 31 January 2020.

THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL ARE CONTINUING OVER THE SIMPSON AND SOUTHWESTERN BARKLY DISTRICTS

Weather Situation: a low pressure area near the South Australian border is drawing moist and unstable air from the north over southeastern NT.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ali Curung, Arltunga, Barrow Creek, Finke, Santa Teresa, Simpson District east of Finke and Barkly District west of Tennant Creek.

The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* slow down and turn your headlights on
* 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
* secure loose outside objects
* ensure pets and animals are safe
* avoid remaining in the open when storms threaten
* 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
* for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.securent.nt.gov.au