Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Simpson and Lasseter districts.

Issued at 11:24 am Saturday, 1 February 2020.

SLOW-MOVING THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL ARE DEVELOPING IN THE SOUTHERN SIMPSON DISTRICT

Weather Situation: a moist and unstable airmass lies ahead of a trough over the Lasseter district. Thunderstorms are developing near the South Australian border are are expected to extend further north towards Alice Springs during the afternoon.

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 Alice Springs, Kulgera, Papunya, Hermannsburg, Finke, Santa Teresa and Titjikala.

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