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Thick cloud over northeastern QLD from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen is triggering rain and thunderstorms. Troughs in the southeast are also triggering showers and thunderstorms in QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS. A low and trough over southern WA is generating showers and thunderstorms.

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Facebook post thanking truckie for guiding couple through north Queensland rain goes viral

12:55 EDT

A Facebook post thanking a truck driver for guiding a couple through heavy rain in north Queensland has gone viral, with the driver saying the attention for his actions has been "unexpected".

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen dumps more than half a metre of rain in north Queensland

12:52 EDT

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen has dumped "incredible" and "very intense" rain over parts of Queensland's north tropical coast, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

The drought is killing native trees, and scientists want the help of 'dead tree detectives' to map the problem

12:39 EDT

While rain has arrived in some drought-affected areas, it's been too late for many native trees.

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