Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Carpentaria and Barkly districts.

Issued at 4:30 pm Friday, 24 January 2020.

SLOW-MOVING THUNDERSTORMS ARE CAUSING HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE GULF COUNTRY AND EASTERN BARKLY DISTRICT

A slow-moving tropical low, 1004 hPa, was located over the northern Barkly district, about 180 kilometres south of Borroloola at 12:30pm CST. Active thunderstorms are embedded in rain bands around the centre of the low.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely to develop over the eastern Carpentaria and eastern Barkly districts.

1-3 hour rainfall totals of between 50-80mm are possible with thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Borroloola, Alpurrurulam, McArthur River, Mallapunyah, Avon Downs, Brunette Downs and Cresswell Downs.

A Flood Watch is also current: http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/warnings/.

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