Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in parts of Arnhem district.
Issued at 4:02 pm Thursday, 22 March 2018.
Weather Situation: A developing tropical low 997hPa located in the Arafura Sea about 320km northwest of Nhulunbuy, is combining with an active monsoon to produce squally showers and thunderstorms.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are forecast for the eastern Arnhem District.
A wind gust to 80km/h was observed at Groote Eyelandt at 15:31 CST.
HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected to develop about the eastern Arnhem District later on Friday.
24 hour totals of up to 150mm are possible.
Locations which may be affected include Nhulunbuy, Milingimbi, Alyangula, Galiwinku, Gapuwiyak and Numbulwar.
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
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm ACST Thursday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 214. The Bureau and Northern Territory Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.