A cyclone watch for the southern Queensland and northern New South Wales coast is cancelled as Tropical Cyclone Oma weakens to a category one system.
A cyclone watch for southern Queensland and northern New South Wales is cancelled as Tropical Cyclone Oma weakens to a category one system, but damaging winds and abnormal tides are still expected to wreak havoc along the coast.
Thousands more homeowners could now find themselves caught up in Australia's cladding crisis, as authorities issue an alert banning the use of another nine types of the material, including cladding commonly used on single-storey suburban homes.
There are hundreds of buildings around Australia covered in combustible cladding, but fixing the problem is expensive and the only government scheme is yet to hand out a single loan.
Thirty Melbourne buildings will be reassessed for fire safety after a burning cigarette sparked a six-storey blaze in combustible cladding on a high-rise apartment building.
Hundreds of Townsville residents begin to return to their flood-ravaged homes to find a big clean-up ahead, as the bureau warns the monsoon trough, that has dropped a year's worth of rain in week, will remain active for days.
Residents of Bluewater, north of Townsville, receive warnings that intense rainfall is putting their properties at increased risk of flash flooding, as hundreds spend another night in evacuation centres waiting for flood levels to drop.
Rainfall in Queensland's west exceeds expectations as once dry rivers begin to flow, dams overflow and drought-ravaged stations soak up the deluge.
Two French tourists have a lucky escape after driving their car into floodwaters south of Townsville overnight as the Bureau of Meteorology predicts up to 200mm to fall every six hours in the region over coming days.
Locals are starting to assess the damage as intense rainfall begins to ease in some parts of far north Queensland. The monsoon trough is now slowly making its way down the state's coast.