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Wet start to November to continue in Central Australia and the Barkly

Tuesday November 9, 2021 - 08:01 AEDT
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The BOM says a cool change is expected later this week after a few good days of rain. - ABC

Alice Springs has enjoyed almost 80 millimetres of rain in the first days of November, and there is a bit more on the way.

A series of troughs that have swept across southern parts of the Northern Territory have brought plenty of the good stuff to Alice Springs and surrounding regions.

Meteorologist Angeline Prasad said the centre†had already received 78.2 millimetres of rain since November 1.†

"The record for the month of November is 156. We reached half for the first third of November, so it's not bad," she said.

If it's flooded, forget it

In the latest flood watch†released on Tuesday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology said rainfall totals across the flood watch areas were between 10mm and 40mm in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday.†

In Alice Springs, locals looked on as the Todd River flowed over the Schwarz Crescent and Tuncks Road causeways.

But in other parts of the region, flooding has caused more havoc than happiness.

The Stuart Highway north of Alice was blocked near Harry Creek due to flooding on Tuesday morning.†

"We've had flooding in the Harry Creek, Burt Plains area, and in close proximity to an area where we're doing some roadwork," said May Taylor,† Department of Infrastructure regional director of transport and civil for Alice Springs.†

"Yesterday the creek came up and blocked the highway in both directions. We've been up early this morning and we've addressed the site."

She said one lane would be opened to traffic, and vehicles in the area would be escorted through.

Several other roads across the region are also impassable due to flooding†including Tanami Road, Larapinta Drive at Ellery Creek, and Namatjira Drive at Glen Helen.

You can see the full list on the NT Road Report website.

Mark Cunningham from NT Emergency Services said people, especially out bush where access may be cut off, should have emergency kits prepared.

"Have some emergency food, water, and other supplies available just in case things get a little exciting and you need to dig into your emergency stocks," he said.

"If you have to travel make sure somebody†knows where you're going, how you're going to get there, arrival times and the like."†

He also urged people not to risk driving on flooded or boggy roads.†

"If you're caught at a floodway stay out of the water, wait for it to recede, and in most cases around the central region most floodwaters will recede pretty quickly," Mr†Cunningham said.

More rain, cool change to come

There was a brief period of sunshine in Alice around lunchtime on Tuesday, but Angeline Prasad said the rain was not done just yet.

She said conditions were good for super cells to develop throughout Tuesday.†

"And that could lead to any number of phenomena ? [such as] quite bad winds, hail ? and heavy rain as well," Ms†Prasad said.

"Tomorrow the focus shifts more over much of the Simpson, the Lasseter will continue to get heavier falls, but generally the heavier falls will be over the eastern Lasseter."

Ms Prasad said rain for the Barkly would also become more widespread tomorrow.†

"Then sort of heavier falls again returning to the east Barkly and northern Barkly on Thursday†before we start to see some more clearance on the south," she said.

The rain is due to start clearing from Friday, but there is a good news.

"There is a big clearance coming through ? and it's going to bring in a dry surge, drop temperatures by about five to 10 degrees, as this surge moves northwards," she said.


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