Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Simpson and parts of Barkly districts.

Issued at 7:01 pm Wednesday, 7 March 2018.

Heavy rain expected over parts of the Barkly and Simpson Districts.

Weather Situation:
Moist east to northeasterly winds are combining with an upper level trough to produce widespread rain and isolated thundertsorms over parts of central Australia over the next few days.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible over southeastern Barkly and eastern Simpson District tonight and on Thursday.

24 hour totals 50 to 80 mm are possible.

Locations which may be affected include Ali Curung, Arltunga, Jervois, Finke, Ampilatwatja and Barkly District east of Tennant Creek.

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