Australia hit by tornadoes and flooding

Mini tornadoes have torn through two coastal towns in Queensland, Australia, while torrential rain has caused flooding in other areas of the state, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Hundreds of homes in the region are at risk of flooding, and the weather system is forecast to pile up to 300mm of water before moving onto a different region.

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Four dead in Australia floods

Torrential rain has flooded several towns in eastern Australia, killing four people.