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    Tropical Cyclone Alfred may trigger flooding in northern Australia

    By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
    By Adam Douty, AccuWeather meteorologist
    February 20, 2017, 3:43:02 AM EST

    Tropical Cyclone Alfred will threaten coastal communities around the Gulf of Carpentaria with flooding downpours through early this week.

    The storm is currently spinning in the southwestern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    Flooding rain will still threaten residents, motorists and property in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory and Northwest Queensland. This includes Borroloola, Nicholson and Carpentaria. Highway 1, that passes near these areas, will be at risk for closures due to flooding.

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    "Rainfall over 150 mm (6 inches) is likely along coastal areas over the next few days with widespread rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) farther inland," Nicholls said.

    Motorists should prepare for possible road closures. Even if flooding does not ensue, any downpours will reduce visibility and heighten the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at higher speeds.

    From Saturday into Sunday, local time, 216 mm (8.5 inches) of rain fell within 24 hours at Borroloola. As of Sunday night, minor flooding was reported along the nearby McArthur River. Nearby, 126 mm (5 inches) of rain was reported at the McArthur River Mine Airport.

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    Coastal communities will also face wind gusts to 65 km/h (40 mph) early this week. Winds could cause sporadic power outages and will easily toss around loose lawn items. Surf will also become rough for small craft and dangerous for swimmers.

    The greatest chance for locally stronger wind will be near the center of the cyclone. This will be most likely in the Pellew Islands and the nearby Northern Territory coastline.

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