Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:10 pm CST on Friday 5 February 2021 Flood Watch Number: 1


A tropical low is expected to develop in the Gulf of Carpentaria during today and move south into the Carpentaria District over the weekend before heading west across the Northern Territory early next week.

Many areas of the Carpentaria coast and Barkly are reasonably wet from rainfall during the wet season to date although most of this was from early season falls.

Widespread falls of 50 to 100mm and isolated falls of 100-200mm closer to the low are expected throughout the Carpentaria Coastal Rivers during Saturday into Sunday. Rainfall is then expected to extend into the Barkly during Sunday with widespread falls of 50 - 80mm likely and isolated falls to 150mm possible during Sunday into Monday.

Widespread flooding of low lying areas and significant river rises are likely in the flood watch area from Sunday. Many roads, and possibly major highways are also expected to be affected into early next week. Some communities and homesteads may become isolated.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Groote Eylandt

Waterhouse River

Roper River

Towns River

Limmen Bight River

Rosie River

McArthur River

Robinson River

Calvert River

Settlement Creek

Nicholson River


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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.

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