Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Lasseter and parts of Simpson and Tanami districts.

Issued at 12:09 pm Friday, 12 January 2018.

Weather Situation:An unstable tropical air mass has moved over central Australia with a weak trough lying through the Lasseter and Simpson Districts. The combination of the two will increase the likelihood of Severe Thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms that are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are expected to develop early this afternoon in the warning area and then persist over the next several hours. Thunderstorms that may produce damaging winds are more likely to occur in the Simpson District.

Locations which may be affected include Alice Springs, Yulara, Wulungurru, Kaltukatjara, Arltunga and Jervois.

The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* slow down and turn your headlights on
* 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
* secure loose outside objects
* ensure pets and animals are safe
* avoid remaining in the open when storms threaten
* 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
* for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit