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Top End deluge continues as hundreds are forced out of homes



The Northern Territory's record-breaking deluge continues, as an evacuation mission is underway to relocate hundreds of residents from remote flooded townships to temporary housing.

A slew of flood watches, and a dangerous weather warning, are in place as a tropical low tracks southwards.

A severe weather warning is in place for Barkly and parts of Carpentaria, Gregory and Tanami districts.

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said "six-hourly rainfall totals between 90 to 140 mm are possible".

The Victoria River at Kalkarindji is currently at 14.75 metres and expected to remain above the major flood level of 14-metres until this evening.

"Further rainfall totals of 10-25 mm with possible isolated heavier falls are forecast for Thursday, which may prolong the major flooding," the bureau said. 

The Victoria at Dashwood Crossing and Victoria River Crossing is "rising", and sits above 15.2-metres.

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Parts of the Top End are facing a multi-day rain event, which has caused flooding.

An emergency declaration was made for the Gregory District, which includes the communities of Daguragu, Kalkarindji, Pigeon Hole, Palumpa and Yarralin, yesterday after the upper Victoria River burst its banks.

Around 700 people are in the midst of being relocated by air to Katherine, and bussed to Darwin, into temporary accommodation.

Regional Controller Commander Daniel Bacon said the community was completely cut off.

"Access roads to the communities have been cut," he said.

"Daguragu has been isolated by floodwaters for two days and inundation of these communities is likely tonight."

9News reporter said flood-affected residents are still waiting at Kalkarindji, to be evacuated to Katherine and Darwin.

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Two tropical cyclones are swirling off Queensland's coast and are expected to follow similar paths.

It comes as two tropical cyclones – Kevin and Judy – spin off Queensland's coast.

The systems are not expected to make landfall, however they will play "follow the leader", Weatherzone said. 

"While Kevin and Judy have followed different paths to get to their current positions, their future track is going to be very similar," it said.

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"Both tropical cyclones are expected to follow the same general path towards the southeast over the next few days, with Kevin following Judy.

"Most forecast models suggest the two cyclones will remain about 1400 to 1500 km apart until at least Saturday, which should be far enough to prevent them from directly influencing each other."

Tropical Cyclone Kevin, a Category 1 system, will impact parts of Vanuatu during the next 48 hours.

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