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Major flooding at Beswick as ex-TC Tiffany dumps heavy falls


Ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany is bringing heavy rain and damaging winds to the Daly Region as it moves west.

The system, located near Timber Creek is expected to remain as a tropical low as it heads into the Kimberly later today.

Heavy falls, which may lead to flash flooding is expected across parts of the far southwest Arnhem and west Carpentaria, southern Daly and northern Gregory Districts.

Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour are expected across the Daly and Gregory Districts today, and are set to ease tomorrow.

A strong wind warning has been issued for the Beagle Bonaparte Coast, North Tiwi Coast, Van Diemen Gulf and Darwin Harbour for today and tomorrow.

Major flooding is occurring in Beswick as river levels continue to rise along the Waterhouse River.

Widespread rain totals of 70 to 150 millimetres have been recorded across the catchment area in the past 36 hours, with more falls on the way.

Water levels at the Beswick Bridge are around 8.5 metres and are likely to peak this afternoon at about 8.7 metres.

Minor flooding is anticipated at the Nitmiluk Centre this afternoon as river levels rise throughout the Katherine River catchment.

There have been widespread rain totals of 90 to 150 millimetres across the catchment in the last 24 hours.

The Katherine River at the bridge is currently just under 10 metres and is expected to remain below the minor flood level.

Parts of the Top End are also in for severe thunderstorms further away from the tropical low, which could impact Katherine, Wadeye, Adelaide River, Pine Creek and Timber Creek.

(Photo: Weather Zone)