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    Alessia Dissipates; Heavy Rainfall Still a Threat for Australia

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    November 28, 2013, 3:47:21 PM EST

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    Tropical Cyclone Alessia moved across Australia Top End over the weekend bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

    Alessia weakened to a tropical low before moving back over the Gulf of Carpentaria earlier this week.

    While spinning over the warm waters of the gulf, Alessia reorganized into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday. By Thursday, the storm drifted southward and dissipated over the Roper-McArthur district of Northern Territory.


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    Centre Island and McArthur River were pounded with heavy rainfall from Alessia Tuesday into Wednesday.

    The region received more than 100 mm (4 inches) of rainfall with 185 mm (7.3 inches) reported on Centre Island.

    Although no longer an organized tropical system, rounds of locally heavy rainfall will continue to fall over the region which can lead to flooding problems. Rainfall will generally average 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) with local amounts up to 125 mm (5 inches).

    AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls noted, "the heaviest rain will likely stay just east of Darwin, but localized flash flooding is possible in and around the city."

    The storm is not expected to produce any widespread damaging winds; however, locally strong winds will be possible in any thunderstorms.

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