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Cyclone Owen to reach category four today as it closes in on Queensland's coast

18:56 EDT

Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen and its wind gusts of nearly 200km/h are continuing to move slowly east towards Queensland's coast.

Melbourne flash flooding warning issued as storm dumps rainfall across city

18:49 EDT

Melburnians are being warned to stay indoors and avoid floodwaters, after an afternoon storm dumped a deluge of rain on the city, causing flash flooding in the CBD and eastern suburbs.

Victoria's wild weather sparks safety concerns about wire rope barriers after Hume Freeway flash flooding

18:49 EDT

Motorists who were stranded on the Hume Freeway for hours during north-east Victoria's flash flooding have told the ABC they felt trapped by newly erected wire rope barriers.

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