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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. live in Brisbane. Hello, I'm Samantha Armytage This morning on Sunrise - thousands evacuate overnight rushes towards this city. as the wall of water The death toll rises that took everyone by surprise. from a Toowoomba torrent Residents told to brace - before it gets better. it's getting worse

of control in Western Australia. Bushfires rage out of Sunrise on Seven. This is a special edition Thanks for joining us. Good morning. the banks of the Brisbane river. We're coming to you from escalated overnight To say the Queensland flood crisis is an understatement. There have been deaths. unaccounted for. There are people still thousands of evacuations. And there have been rolling coverage of this today. Larry, we're bringing had a point Sam, the Queensland Premier darkest hour last night. when she called this the state's from Sarah Cumming. Let's begin with the latest news

Sarah. Good morning. Four people are confirmed dead flash floods in Toowoomba and the death toll from devastating is expected to rise

for survivors today. as authorities resume the search the state's darkest hour Queensland's Premier has called it the town, with no warning. after a wall of water raged through something shocking Mother Nature has unleashed out of the Toowoomba region. a terrible day. This has been a terrible day, that what hit Toowoomba Earlier reports would indicate

as an inland, instant tsunami. can perhaps best be described a terrifying night Some residents have spent stranded on their roofs,

rescue helicopters overnight. after fog and heavy rain grounded are still unaccounted Up to 30 people

for in the nearby town of Grantham. A hotline has been set up of those missing in the flash floods for friends and relatives Grantham and Withcott. in Toowoomba, Murphys Creek, other towns are still on high alert Across Queensland,

with a vengeance after floodwaters returned is forecast today. and more torrential rain Harbour threatens Brisbane today A body of water the size of Sydney beyond capacity. as Wivenhoe Dam fills

could be affected. More than 30 suburbs in Dalby. Floodwaters have also peaked again set up and 165 people are homeless. Two evacuation centres have been And Gympie has been cut in two the major flood mark of 17 metres. after the river breached Melbourne police are investigating a house blaze on the weekend whether a domestic dispute led to and three children were found. in which the bodies of a woman oldest child, a 17-year-old girl, It's believed the mother and the in Heidelberg Heights caught alight. had been arguing before the home was outside the burning house Witnesses say a young man to save his daughter crying for help a statement saying but Victoria Police have released father yelling out for his daughter investigators aren't aware of any of interest over the blaze. and they're not seeking any persons best-selling books for last year A list of the nation's has been released. has top spot Swedish author Stieg Larsson with his hugely popular series 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. that started with 'Eat, Pray, Love' Elizabeth Gilbert's last year. was the fifth most-sold book 'Our Family Table' And TV chef Julie Goodwin's by an Australian writer. was the best-performing book

To finance news now and new figures

confirm consumers are reluctant to

spend with retails sales up just spend with retails sales up just 0.

0.3% in November. Craig James is at CommSec. Morning. to foreign businesses? So are retailers losing out

Craig, take us through the data.

The data shows consumers really

aren't spending. We had a decline of

aren't spending. We had a decline of 0.

0.8% in October. In November up by

0.8% in October. In November up by 0.3%

0.3%. When you look at annual growth

for retail sales for chain stores

and other large retailers, 0.

and other large retailers, 0.6% is

16 years. the slowest growth in the order of

16 years. It does appear retailers

do have a point. When you go online

and go to foreign sellers you don't

have to pay the 10% GST. You can get

the goods at a cheaper price.

Aussie dollar the highest prices in the goods at a cheaper price. The

ten years and record highs against

the pound and euro. You would be mad

to not go online and buy the goods.

What retailers want is basically a

level playing field, the same

playing field as the international

sellers. So it does justify the

federal government quting 10% GST on

online sales here in Australia.

Therefore everyone would be happy

about the situation. I think

consumers would be happy too because

you buy goods then from domestic

sellers, you get the consumer

protection legislation behind you

and you also get the Australian

warrants. OK, thanks for your time. Time for sport. Here's Beretts. Thanks, Sarah. Good morning. Another Tim Cahill masterclass to a strong win over India has powered the Socceroos

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Time to check the all-important

weather now, and Grant Denyer is in

Gympie, gee,

Gympie, gee,wood no idea things were

going to get as wild as they did yesterday in

Certainly not, Beretts, we were

talking and it was constantly

readjusted the falls could get up to

20 metres here in Gympie and Gympie

hasn't escaped the carnage, 19. hasn't escaped the carnage, 19.3

metres. It might not be the end.

Look at the difference of the street

we showed you yesterday, clearly

wide open, people were still

retrieve aglot of personal

belongings and the store materials

and trying to salvage their losses.

That is now under water, the Main

Street, 60 businesses completely

inundated with water. The hard thing

to negotiate here locally is just

whether it will, just that little

bit further, 380 mL has fallen on

the inland hintland on the Sunshine

Coast which is making it hard to

predict how much it will go up or

the times, 300 homes are ice lailted

from pours. No emergencies with life

loss in the region. The one thing

this place did have over anything

else is advance warning. Let's run

through the places and the headlines

that are the problem for this

particular region, the south-east

corner of Queensland, another 50 to

100 mL across the south-east of

Queensland is expected today. That

is problems if the Darling Downs,

bad news for chin killa with a 7

metre peak, Dalby, another 20 sent

metes, their 5th flood since

December. Condamine, by the end of

the week, the river should reach the

same level where it was evacuated

recently. The problem is had all the

water firing down towards Brisbane,

if it is any indication of what we

saw in Gatton or Toowoomba where the

water rose to 19 metres in a matter

of an hour, it is extraordinary,

heading towards the Brisbane CBD and

a 3-pleater flood expected there

which could -- plea metre flood chd

could take out 400 homes. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Keep cool this summer with a ceiling fan from Beacon. 30% off your second fan sale on now. Further heavy rain is expected across Queensland this morning after a huge wall of water tore through several towns across the state's south-east without warning. Flash flooding and thunder should continue in Brisbane. It's expected to be another disastrous day for communities west of Brisbane.

Toowoomba has been hardest hit. Rain and thunder continuing. Floodwaters continue to rise in Gympie where the Mary River was expected to peak at about 20 metres overnight. Flood Watch and severe weather warnings are in place for northern New South Wales this morning. Rain with the chance of storms in Dubbo.

So another 50 to 100 mL of rain for

the south-east corner of Queensland

is expected again over the next 24

hours, that ain't great news. Those

pictures are like nothing I have

ever seen in this country. Severe

weather, it is just extraordinary

scenes let's hope it doesn't get

anything like it was yesterday.

I agree, Grant, these clouds over

Brisbane are very ominous today.

Thanks very much, talk to you soon. After the break - Queensland's darkest hour. The evacuations, the victims and the wall of water that just won't stop. You're watching a special edition of Sunrise live from Brisbane as things just got a whole lot worse. (UPBEAT ACOUSTIC GUITAR MUSIC) (PAVEMENT SQUEAKS) (CAR ALARM PINGS) (METAL SQUEAKS) SONG: # I just want to be OK # Be OK, be OK... # VOICEOVER: At Allianz Insurance, if we could, we'd create a world that protects you. # I just want to be OK... # In the meantime, we're protecting you every way we can... (CHILD LAUGHS) ..from the care we take putting your car insurance together to the way we look after your claim. Allianz - a world of protection. # I just want to be OK today. # If you have kids at primary or secondary school, you'll know how expensive it can be. Books, stationery, computers - it all adds up. So the Australian Government introduced the Education Tax Refund to help eligible families with education costs. You may be surprised at what you can claim. To find out if you're eligible and what you can claim, visit the website.

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Good morning Sam, you're right,

those pictures are absolutely

devastating. There are still fears

that dozens more are missing and

feared dead. It is not looking good.

The conservative estimate by

authorities is that 50 others are

still missing but they have no idea.

There were so many cars swept away

so quickly, they haven't had time to

check the cars they have no idea how

many people are trapped in their

homes. We do know a woman and her

boy were swept off the roof of their

car late yesterday in Toowoomba and

a man and his boy were swept off the

roof of their houseats Murphys

Creek. There are fears for 30 people

in Grantham. They have been

sheltering in a school house.

Authorities ran otof time, Mother

Nature was too powerful.

Authorities were caught off guard?

Yes, even police described it as a

normal wet day that turn under to

disaster. Emergency crews have been

stretched across the straight, they

were focusing on Gympie and Dalby.

They are unprepared. The rivers rose

more than 9 metres in a day,

combined with heavy rain, locals

describe it as a wall of water, like

a tsunami, it picked up everything

in its path, ripped houses off

stilts, trees from the roots and

swept cars down through the river.

The pictures are devastating.

The pictures are devastating. Here is a look at what premier Anna Bligh

had to say about the disaster.

All indications at this stage

All indications at this stage are that the event that started in

Toowoomba can only be described as a

complete freak of nature. An

extraordinary deluge that almost

came out of nowhere in an otherwer

very heavy rain fall deluge. This is

without doubt our darkest hour of

the last fortnight.

Yes, it it is now expected to move

towards Brisbane, when is it likely to hit?

It is picking up in intensity but

authorities believe it won't wreak

the kind of devastation here in

Brisbane like in Toowoomba. They are

hoping twile it crosses the

hoping twile it crosses plains it

will lower in intensity. But

thousands of mega litres of water

released from Wivenhoe and a king

tide this afternoon and that

combined with the wall of water on

the way to Ipswich should be in

Brisbane later this afternoon. We

are expecting flooding here, the

lord mayor has put Brisbane on flood

alert and some

alert and some 30 suburbs are

expected to be flooded. 455

properties and 400 roads but of

course, the big peak is tomorrow,

Sam, when Brisbane River is expected

to reach levels of 3.

to reach levels of 3.1 metres.

Almost double what it is regularly.

And it is pretty swollen now, my

goodness, an

goodness, an extraordinary time. We

will talk to you throughout the show. If you are concerned about relatives or friends

in the Toowoomba, Murphys Creek, Grantham or Withcott areas, police have set up an information hotline.

Okay that number there,

Premier Anna Bligh has said it all,

Queensland's darkest hour. Our

rolling cover wim continue right

throughout the morning and we will

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Keep cool this summer with a ceiling fan from Beacon Fan sale on now. Let's have a look at what's making news this morning. And as we've been telling you, the Queensland floods are dominating. And video taken of the wall of water which swept through Toowoomba

The death toll now at seven. The

deaths were in Toowoomba, Murphys

Creek creak area and 4 at Grantham. Cars and vans were picked up and thrown about by the sudden torrent.

It is a good indpkz seeing the cars

buzz around how powerful it was. They were smashed against bridges and anything else which was in the way of the raging waters. Have you ever seen flooding happen as quickly as this? Were you caught up in it yesterday?

Tell us you story for send your photos and videos.

This is just incredible. So hard to

comp rehen. This car looks like a twig.

The force of water is incredible.

Shara was in Toowoomba and sends the

e-mail in, she said, "

e-mail in, she said, "It is a

disaster zone, buildings are down,

cars are crush, it was a tsunami of

water that hit our town and we had

no warning. We struggled to get our

son from day care, water that can

pick up shipping containers and

throw them around like tennis balls

is insane. I can't stress enough how

scary and wild how huge this wall of

water was, it is no exaggeration to

describe it as a tsunami of water.

It is simply crazy

It is simply crazy."

We are seeing the pictures and there

are a million stories like that.

Talk to us, send your stories, send

them into the Soap Box.

It is devastating. I have reported

on quite a few floods, I have never

seen pictures like that before. It

is so heartbreaking. The areas has

had 330 mL of rain this month, 200

mL more than the January average and

we are two weeks into January.

Emergency services stretched. There

are yare areas of concentration but

what is lapening outside of the

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I look forward to these area every.

Let's head back to Samoon the

Let's head back to Samoon the banks of the Brisbane River. Z You could say the floods have gone crazy overnight.

They've turned deadly. Seven people are now confirmed dead, four of those are from Toowoomba and three from Grantham.

Three children are among the dead.

This is a horrible time for Queensland. Coming up, ongoing live coverage as authorities try to save homes and save lives across Queensland. After the break, the new threat. You're watching a special edition of Sunrise on Seven.

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is the best value health cover for young singles. Hospital cover. Ambulance cover. Extras you'll actually use. From: Welcome back to Brisbane where the river behind me continues to rise. The flood situation is the worst that it's been. Let's go straight to the 6.30 news now. Here's Sarah Cumming, Sarah. Good morning. At least seven people have been killed in a massive inland tsunami that's torn through Toowoomba in Queensland's south-west. It's feared the death toll will rise and the Premier has described the disaster as the darkest hour of the flood crisis. Mother Nature's full fury, unleashed on Toowoomba. Suddenly and without warning, this car became an island in a vast angry sea. The Seven News helicopter spotted the family from the air. The news crew quickly landed and picked up a Queensland rescue officer. When they returned to search the car had been swept away. It's not known if they survived. This is without doubt our darkest hour of the last fortnight. At least seven people have been officially confirmed dead but it's feared the death toll will rise today. A woman and her son were killed in Toowoomba's CBD. One body was found in a tree. At Murphys Creek, a man and child were washed away from a house. What hit Toowoomba can perhaps best be described as an inland, instant tsunami. Residents were caught off guard - as the deadly wall of water, up to 8 metres high, raged through. A complete freak of nature, an extraordinary deluge, almost came out of nowhere. Many have spent the night isolated on what's left of their homes with water lapping against their roofs. We do hold very grave concerns for still a number of people stranded on rooftops. Cars were flipped like toys, crushed by the water's fury. Rescues crews are now searching to make sure people weren't inside. A major bushfire burning south of Perth has destroyed homes and forced dozens to flee. At least two homes have been destroyed and hundreds more are under threat around Lake Clifton and Herron, 100 kilometres south of Perth. A car and shed have also been lost. Fire crews believe the blaze developed from seven smaller deliberately lit fires. Late last night authorities issued a bushfire emergency alert, warning residents the blaze is out of control and unpredictable and that they should leave immediately. Oh, it's certainly frightening when you think how fast it moves and the smoke everywhere. We just left with the clothes on our back. The Police arson squad is investigating reports of a green sedan seen stopping regularly in the area with the driver acting suspiciously before the fire started. 2,000 hectares have so far been burnt. At least 30 people have been killed in violence along Sudan's north-south divide. There are fears the killings could spark more fighting with the country in the middle of a week-long independence referendum. Soldiers in Sudan's People's Liberation Army are among those who've voted in the south.

The Basque separatist group ETA has declared a permanent ceasefire in northern Spain and south-west France. But the Spanish government has been quick to reject the offer and has called for the militant group to dissolve.

Melbourne dog breeders fear a dog-napping ring may be operating after the thefts of two valuable purebreds. Kerryn Ferguson's French bulldog was taken from her Geelong home after the dog gave birth to four prized pups. The breeder came forward after Seven News reported on another French bulldog that's been stolen from her owners in Melbourne. In finance news: The Socceroos have made a decisive start to their Asian Cup campaign, downing a gallant but overmatched India

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I am still okay, pleased with the

performance of all and we don't want

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because of a fever he contracted during the Qatar Open. Nadal is confident the illness won't harm his tilt at the 'Rafa Slam' as he chases a fourth-straight major title. Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown admits he doesn't know if Brendan Fevola will return to the AFL next year. The controversy-plagued forward is still in rehab, working through alcohol and gambling problems. Meantime, reigning premiers Collingwood are back in full training. Skipper Nick Maxwell is confident the Magpies won't experience a premiership hangover in 2011. Now it's back to Sam in Queensland. Thanks, Beretts.

Even though Queensland has been

experiencing heavy rain and flooding

for the best part of the last week

what happened yesterday seemed to

catch everybody by surprise. We've

now got seven dead in the Toowoomba

area, four have been confirmed as

children and many more still

missing. Just incredible scenes

coming out of Toowoomba and region

yesterday. Today the focus is on

Brisbane, all of the water is moving

down towards Brisbane and the river

here is expected to peak this

afternoon. Plus they are getting

ready if a king tide tomorrow. So an

extraordinary amount of water set to

come through Brisbane in the next

couple of days. 30 suburbs are on

alert to perhaps evacuate. And

expecting three metre floods through

the CBD of Brisbane. Grant Denyer is

in Gympie, how are things looking there?

Well at the moment, a lot calm Well at the moment, a lot calmer

than the rest of south-east

Queensland, tpregs information for

Queensland, you can expect a 2.

Queensland, you can expect a 2.1

metre peak in Brisbane this

afternoon, equal to the 1996 flood

peak, that is only minor flooding it

could affect some buildings but it

will be tomorrow had the 3 metre

peak happens at high tide. Here in

Gympie, it is starting to rain

again, just starting to teeter on 19. again, just starting to teeter on

19.1 metres, just short of the 20

that was forecast. There is still

rain on its way up

rain on its way up Mary River, we

are not sure what effect it will

have but the Main Street is gone, it

is well and truly under water. In

the lower points of the Main Street,

it is up to the roofs of some

it is up to the roofs of some of the

houses. Thankfully, time is what the

residents had. They are used to

flooding, historically. We are

isolated for two to three days.

There have been a couple of

There have been a couple of families

e sraebguated by chopper, where

seven people including a

five-month-old baby and woman were

camping at the Muster Site in

Gympie, there are supply drops on

the other side of the city.

Diabetess in need of medication,

there are aged care facility in need

of supplies. Short of bread and a

couple of the e

couple of the e selgzles, the town

is fairing quite well.

Unfortunately, looking at the area

of Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley,

smashed yesterday, just so

uncontrollably and conditions like

we have never seen before, the sad

news is there is heavy rain heading

back to that region as we speak. A

long line of torm storms and

showers, weak storms though, but

showers that are likely to bring 50

mL of rain, substantial stuff, yet

again, similar amounts to yesterday

and in a short period likely as

well. So if you are in a low-lying

area of Toowoomba or the Lockyer

Valley, we need you to keep care and

stay care and pay attention to the

creeks and valleys nearby. So if you

are in a low-lying area aio need to

get away from the region and pay

attention to any creeks that are

around you at this moment. So

unfortunately more rain heading over

the areas that were affected so

tragically yesterday as we take a

look at the weather now. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Keep cool this summer with a ceiling fan from Beacon. 30% off your second fan sale on now. Easterly winds are fresh and humid in the south-east, leading to heavy rain, causing flooding in South-East Queensland

and north-east New South Wales. A trough in the east is generating widespread rain in Victoria, some heavy. Easterlies are hot in Western Australia.

Flash flooding and thunder is expected to continue in Brisbane. Showers tomorrow and continuing all week.

This is a country of contrasts, isn't it?

Just when you need some relief from

the rain, Larry, it ain't going to

come un, unfortunately a tough one today.

We are right across that, back to

you shortly. Of course, time for

you shortly. Of course, time for our joke of the day and to ensure that

this person gets a TiVo, I am

removing this, this and this from

the equation so at this point.

Just read out the name.

Good luck to Kim of Victoria. School holidays, nice for the kids.

Why did the bumana go out with the prune? Why?

Because he couldn't find a date. Hold on tight.

No, no.

Okay. Look I think we all need some laughter today.

Good girl, thal will do it. Thanks

for your support on that one

Beretts. Let's return to Brisbane and here is Sam.

Thank you, Larry, coming up on

Sunrise this morning, the sea of

devastation, how an inland tsunami

crashed through a Queensland city.

But after the break, can the flood

crisis get any worse? Why

crisis get any worse? Why Brisbane has been warn said it's next to cop

the torrent of water.

And then, a change of pace for you.

As Nuala takes on tennis ace Andy Murray.

Oh! Really! Racquet snobbery! Dissing my racquet!

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..from the care we take putting your car insurance together to the way we look after your claim. Allianz - a world of protection. # I just want to be OK today. # A view of Brisbane through the Jetstar Skycam. The huge wall of water that hit Queensland is now rushing towards Brisbane. Residents have been warned to prepare for the worst with flash flooding and thunder expected to continue

over the next few days. And as the water continues to rise and more towns are evacuated it's being described as the darkest hour of the flood crisis. Many of the affected areas have been given plenty of warning. But that didn't happen in Toowoomba and the surrounding areas. Tom Saunders is from the Weather Channel. Tom, what happened in Toowoomba and those surrounding areas? Did authorities know it was coming?

Yes, there was a severe

Yes, there was a severe weather warning for flaogs flooding that

covered the darling downs and the

south east coast and that warning

replains in place today. Torrential

rain, even though it ease up it

returned 5am, so it has returned to

south-east Queensland, from the

Brisbane to Toowoomba to Gympie,

falls in the last hour of up to 35 mL in just

mL in just one hour alone.

Flash flooding is expected to hit

Brisbane, when is it likely Brisbane, when is it likely to happen?

At the moment very heavy rain over

the northern parts of Brisbane, so

probably flash flooding but

basically the south-east corner of

Queensland will see heavy rain,

falls of 100 mL in a 24 hours

period. So a severe weather warning

remains current for flash flooding,

the south-east coast and the Darling

Downs, thankfully, the rain will

ease tomorrow and showers mism ease tomorrow and showers mism.

So that is a glimmer of good news.

Talk to you soon. The world's tennis elite are starting to arrive in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open. And the world number five, and last year's runner up, Andy Murray, says he's more determined than ever. The young Scot took time out from training to have a hit with kids from the Starlight Foundation and to show our Melbourne correspondent Nuala Hafner what it's like to be on the receiving end of one of his punishing first serves. The name's Murray - Andy Murray. At 23, he's Britain's best shot at ending their 75-year Grand Slam drought. But just one week out from the Open,

the laid-back Scot is showing no signs of pressure. He even ditched his gruelling training regime for a hit with his mum and kids from the Starlight Foundation. Your mum says you had your first kind of racquet at two. How important is it for you to share your love of tennis with these great kids? Yeah, no, it's great. Any time I get to do stuff like this like this is always good fun, the kids really enjoy it. It's so relaxing. Did it bring back memories? Training Andy and his brother when they were little? Yeah, I, obviously played a lot with Jamie and Andy when they were very small. So I'm used to working with youngsters.

Because I love playing tennis but I

do a lot of coaching with kids teen

10 and 14 so I'm used to working with youngsters. How much pressure do you feel being, you know, Britain's great hope? You know that it's there

because everyone talks about it every time a Grand Slam comes up. But it's not when you're on the court, it's not something you think about. No more than the pressure Murray puts on himself. Last year his tears said it all after he lost to Federer in the final. Just before I went up to do the speech I knew I wasn't going to be able to keep it together. I said to Federer, "I'm really struggling."

He actually, the same thing happened

to him the year before and it is a

really difficult thing to take. One of your lethal weapons in the arsenal is our first serve. I'm a bit of a gun myself, I'm not going to lie. How fast is it? Fastest I think is 140m/hr.

That's 225km/h for the metric minded. How do you feel about facing this? I like to call it the Demon.

We can give it a go. Diablo.

Diablo red. Let's do it. Um, think I'll leave it to the professionals. You know, it's a very tough era in men's tennis at the moment and I'm really happy to be a part of it. And I'd love to win a Grand Slam. I just hope I can do it at this one.

Win or lose, he's already made a lasting impression on these guys. He's a super star. On a scale of 1 to 10, how fun was today? 10, yeah! Nuala Hafner there with Andy Murray.

Kbll building his confidence ahead

of the Australian Open. Now, let's check the showbiz news. The Sunrise Showbiz Report brought to you by 'New Idea'. For all the latest celebrity news and more. Showbiz editor Nelson Aspen is in Hollywood. And we know the Beckhams are expecting their fourth child. Posh and Becks have posted messages online. What have they said?

Well, they've taken to Twitter to

express their excitement. We have

few of them up here for you this morning, very

morning, very grateful to their fans

for their appreciation. There is

Victoria saying:

A few Xs and kisses there. She also

told the Daily Mail she is going to

continue working, business as usual

throughout her pregnancy and she

hasn't addressed anything about the

desire if a girl per se, just happy

to have healthy, happy baby to

to have healthy, happy baby to add to the brood. They don't want to know the sex.

Good to see they are keeping their

wonderful private news private. Moving on, and 'Twilight' heartthrob Taylor Lautner has a new lady in his life.

I am getting scared, we were talking

about the up roar when Justin Bieber

was caught out making out and the

fans got jealous. What will happen

to Taylor Lautnor ffs fans when they

find out she he is dating fill rrp

Collins daughter, Lily, he is 18 and

she is 21. She is the older woman.

He reportedly

He report she reportedly had a

boyfriend when she met him. I am

just glad he didn't go for an older

star on the same film, Sigorney Weaver.

Probably for the best. Now it is

back to Sam in Queensland. After the break - this morning's news and sport. Then, lives lost and cars and houses washed away. The grim new chapter in Queensland's flood tragedy. Plus, Brisbane warned, "You're next". Residents prepare for major flooding across the South-East. Also ahead, from floods to fire. The blaze that's torn through Western Australia. That's next on Sunrise.

Hello, I'm Samantha Armytage live in Brisbane. This morning on Sunrise - Thousands evacuate overnight

as the wall of water rushes towards this city. The death toll rises from a Toowoomba torrent that took everyone by surprise. I'm Grant Denyer in Gympie. Residents told to brace because conditions are getting worse before it gets better. And I'm Larry Emdur. From floods to fires - as blazes rage out of control in Western Australia. Good morning. Australia is waking up to almost unbelievable news coming out of Queensland. The floods gave become bad, really bad. Now, they're taking lives, at least seven confirmed so far, including children. Overnight, thousands were evacuated everywhere from west of here, in Brisbane, to the Sunshine Coast. And the water just keeps coming.

I don't know if you can see or

I don't know if you can see or hear in the background but the heavens

have opened hoar in Brisbane,

have opened hoar in Brisbane, we have been here for the last hour and

it has been relatively calm, and the

river is swollen but this is very,

heavy rain. We are a couple of heavy rain. We are a couple of Ks from

heavy rain. We are a couple of Ks

from the CBD and you can barely see

the buildings. It is an

extraordinary situation in Queensland.

We can both hear and see that

incredible rain behind you. It is

the last thing that anybody would

want to see at this time. We have

been looking at the incredible

pictures across the news coverage

and they are gut. Wrenching, the

cars being thrown down the rivers.

Authorities are say, here is the big

problem, this is just sickening new

news, they can't get to some of

these car wrecks and they don't know

at this point if there are people in

these cars. So these pictures we

have seeing, it is a developing

story, we are getting the news as we

get it, we are getting the

information to you as soon as we get

it, but there are scenarios we just

don't know what is going on. You are

right across it in the news room? Good morning. Queensland's darkest hour has claimed at least seven lives

after flash floods tore through Toowoomba. Authorities expect the death toll will rise after a massive wall of water hit the town in Queensland's south-west without warning. At least three children are among the flood victims.

The Premier has described the disaster as a deadly freak of nature. Mother Nature has unleashed something shocking out of the Toowoomba region. This has been a terrible day, a terrible day. Earlier reports would indicate that what hit Toowoomba can perhaps best be described as an inland, instant tsunami.

Residents along the Lockyer Valley have been warned the huge volume of water is coming. A hotline has been set up for friends and relatives of those missing in the flash floods in Toowoomba, Murphys Creek, Grantham and Withcott. Brisbane is on flood alert with the Brisbane River expected to flood this afternoon. A body of water the size of Sydney Harbour threatens the city as Wivenhoe Dam fills beyond capacity. More than 30 suburbs could be affected. Floodwaters have also peaked again in Dalby. 2 evacuation centres have been set up and 165 people are homeless. Firefighters battling a bushfire south of Perth are waiting to see if a strong wind change this morning will fan the flames. At least two homes have been destroyed and hundreds more are under threat around Lake Clifton and Herron, 100 kilometres south of Perth. A car and shed have also been lost. Fire crews believe the blaze developed from seven smaller deliberately-lit fires. A green sedan was seen stopping regularly in the area with the driver acting suspiciously. Heavy machinery has been called in to help extinguish a fire burning at a textiles warehouse in Melbourne since yesterday. Fire crews have been using excavators at the Footscray site to help clear parts of the steel structure which collapsed as a result of the extreme heat of the blaze. It's just bails of textile, material or clothing material, so it's all stuff that burns very readily and very easily. Fire crews are anticipating the blaze will take several days to put out. And a hair salon in Sydney's west has been destroyed by fire this morning. Police believe the blaze may have been deliberately lit and are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning to come forward. US President Barack Obama has led a nationwide moment of silence to commemorate the victims of the Arizona shooting. With his wife, Michelle, by his side the pair bowed their heads in memory of the six who were killed. 14 others were injured by the accused shooter who is due in court later this morning. In finance news:

Time for sport. The Socceroos have kick-started their Asian Cup foray with a comprehensive 4-0 win over India in Doha this morning. Tim Cahill caused endless headaches for the Indian defence, scoring a goal in each half. The striker dedicated his performance to the victims of Queensland's flood crisis.

You can play football and you can

send messages throughout by showing

your passion. So I'm very proud of

what's happened tonight ask I'm very

proud with Australia for the way

they deal with the devastation in

Queensland. The win puts Australia on top of Group C on goal difference.

Rafael Nadal is hoping illness won't hamper his tilt at the 'Rafa Slam' when the Australian Open begins next week The world number one flew into Australia last night and he's confident the fever that hindered him during last week's Qatar Open won't be a problem.

I don't think so, hopefully not, I'm

fine, I had the problem last week,

enough time to get better. The Spaniard's quest for a fourth-straight major title will begin with a practise session at Melbourne Park today. Brad Haddin's brief international exile is set to end today when he's recalled to Australia's one-day team for the series against England. Haddin was left out of tomorrow night's Twenty20 clash in Adelaide, prompting fears he could be permanenty replaced by rising star Tim Paine. Paine captained the Prime Minister's XI

All eyes are on the sky today

All eyes are on the sky today so Grant Denyer, the weather, how is it looking?

Not so good, mate. The last thing

south-east Queensland needs today is

more rain but it is what it is going

to get and in a similar dose to the

last couple of days. Another 50 to

100 mL and in short busts in places

like Toowoomba after the savage rain

it received yesterday, a line of

storms and rain just forming over

the top to provide some more

conditions that were similar to

yesterday, so low-lying areas are

being advised to evacuate

immediately. For the Darling Downs

in general, more places smashed in

previous weeks like Dalby, chin

killa and here - chinchilla, places

to the west like Gympie. Huge rain

fall, places like Nanango copped

similar conditions. They are

to affect us here. 19.

similar conditions. They are likely to affect us here. 19.19 metres of

the Mary River, expected to get to

20. It could just happen with the

rain that is forecast to fall over

the next 24 hours. It is a city that

is split in two at the moment and

the only way to get from one side to

the other is by a tourist attraction

that is famous in the town, called

the Valley Rattler, yesterday we

jump said on board the silver

jump said on board the silver bullet

to join a bunch of people who were

trying to get from one side of the

city to the other to go to work or

get medical supplies or bread and

milk or escape to higher ground.

Yesterday, the important tourist

attraction, an ancient mean ofrz

transport in a modern world, the

only way of getting from point A to

point B in a city divided by water.

We caught up yesterday with a lady

who was trying to evacuate her

elderly mother to higher ground.

What are you up to?

Taking mum to higher ground.

Just grab e selgzs.

Packed everything on to the shed on

higher ground for the time being.

Is he right on the danger Is he right on the danger zone?

Do you know what the height is Do you know what the height is going to be?

A tickle over 20?

Well, she was right in' 93 so it had

a metre to go in '99 so we are just prepared.

Things like photographs you can't

afford to lose. Too many afford to lose. Too many memories there.

That's right.

What's it like when something like

this approaches, you can't put your

hands up and stop it?

Just get on with it.

How does Mum cope?

Well, Mum has got mild to moderate

dementia. So, yeah...

Dealing with it best you can? Yep, thank you.

You can't help but just get in and

help and it is exactly what the

community is doing, whether it is

dropping supplies to the other side

of the river by boat for a diabetic

or nursing home or share the

supplies. It is a town isolated it

for two or three days so the

community spirit keeps the place

ticking over. It is pretty

impressive to see, at least on that

level as we take a look at the forecast now. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Keep cool this summer with a ceiling fan from Beacon. 30% off your second fan sale on now. Further heavy rain is expected across Queensland this morning after a huge wall of water tore through several towns across the state's south-east without warning. Flash flooding and thunder should continue in Brisbane. It's expected to be another disastrous day for communities west of Brisbane. Toowoomba has been hardest hit. Rain and thunder continuing.

More froms up to 50

More froms up to 50 -- more falled

of 50 mL expected in coming hours. Floodwaters continue to rise in Gympie where the Mary River was expected to peak at about 20 metres overnight.

More water is on the way for local residents. Flood Watch and severe weather warnings are in place

for northern New South Wales this morning. Rain with the chance of storms in Dubbo.

So as we said, 50 to 100 mL, you can

see the locum residents starting to

gather over the top of what was

gather over the top of what was the Main Street, it is now Mother

Nature's lap pool at the moment,

they are surveying the damage of the

buildings or contents. But at least

this town was prepared in advance,

not so many other areas particularly

over the Darling Downs were lucky.

Let's get serious, today if you are

near a low-lying area, don't play

with it, or go near it, time to with it, or go near it, time with it, or go near it, time to be smart, more

smart, more rain and flash flooding is expected.

Thank you, we will head back to

Gympie soon to talk to the mayor. Seven people have been killed and there are fears many more could be dead after a huge wall of water tore threw several towns in Queensland's south-east. The two-metre surge hit without warning and raged through Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, before hitting the towns of Withcott, Grantham and Gatton. The torrent took over everything in its path. Cars, even houses were no challenge. Residents were forced to cling onto roofs, helpless and waiting to be rescued. And that's where many have spent the night. Authorities are hoping to reach them this morning. Let's go to Toowoomba

and the city's Mayor, Peter Taylor, joins me now. It's probably very difficult for the rest of us to understand what happened in your city yesterday. Can you describe to us just how quickly the wall of water tore through? And the impact it's had on Toowoomba?

It was absolutely torrential rain,

without warning, an unprecedented

event. Toowoomba, if people don't

know is on the tupf the Great

Dividing Range, 700 metres, above

sea level. We do not get these sorts

of events. Torrential rain over a

very short period of time, two major

creeks through the middle of the

city, normal quiet drainage ways and

people had no warning so it was

unprecedented, some people are

saying an inland tsunami. So that is

probably summing it up, really.

Just unbelievable. All our hearts go

out to the people of Toowoomba and

surond rounding region. We are

hearing reports of people being

swept away and trapped in cars. Is

there any change to the number of

confirmed deaths in your area at this stage?

No, the counter desbraster people

are out there, we have activated in

Toowoomba, we did before the event in

in preparation for the storms that

were coming, however, we do have

people that are missing at the

moment in some areas and there are

searches under way for those people

and the obvious repairing and making

secure our infrastructure, we even

lost a major water trunk main,

people without water are back on

water, however, yes, major damage to

be repaired. Unpres dnlted event. It is still is still raining as I

is still raining as I speak to you

in the city of Toowoomba this morning.

Yes, it has stopped briefly in

Brisbane but it has been raining

heavily as well. Authorities hold

grave fears for residents east of

you because they weren't able to be

rescued. Do you know if emergency

crews vb able to reach everyone? I

don't a report from

don't a report from every emergency

crew but I know people are missing

and still being looked for east of

here. I am not aware of anyone west

of here, however, the city water in

Toowoomba generally run to the west

some goes to the east, but the

majority is heading west out to

towns like Oakey and Jondarian and

that region. They could expect

increased water levels this morning.

All the people are out, the counter

disaster centre was activated

yesterday. It has been onduty

overnight and we have emergency

services operating.

Okay, I am just getting an update

now, the authorities in Toowoomba

have confirmed there is now eight

people confirmed dead. So the death

toll has risen by one. Now, Peter do

you have any idea yet on the level

of damage or is it too early to even

start thinking about that?

Look, we obviously, I did a quick

walk around the city and surrounding

area. I have been driving around the

region, a whole regional area I have

been driving arounds and if

inspecting and our council

inspecting and our council staffer have been assisting people from the

Christmas time to now. This was a

much larger single event. The level

of damage, massive amounts of

infrastructure aob repaired. As I

said, a water main, a major

said, a water main, a major main is

down but we have alternative

supplies for that. There are

buildlings in the main CBD areas

that were penetrated by high that were penetrated by high levels

of water so a significant amount of

damage to the businesses in the

creek area in the middle of the

city. Most people wouldn't recognise

as being a creek but late yesterday,

the two East Creek and West Creek,

normal drainage ways they may run

with a storm but never like

yesterday, they broke from their

banks, washed cars from banks, washed cars from the areas and

and unfortunately, people down

through the waterways.

We do thank you for your time this

morning and wish you the best of

luck. As I mention said our hearts and luck. As I mention said our hearts

and prayers go out to the people of

Toowoomba and surrounding area.

Thank you, our No.1 concern is

making sure our people are safe and

stay away from any water that is

really high at the moment.

Absolutely. Good advice, thank you

Absolutely. Good advice, thank you Peter. Let's bring our Queensland

correspondent, Michelle Tapper,

update us on the situation on some

of the other towns, Gatton,

Grantham, with cot, Helidon?

Well, those towns have been

completely devastated by this wall

of water that tore through

yesterday, some have been almost

wiped out. The hardest hit

Murphys Creek in twaol Murphys Creek in

wiped out. The hardest hit were Murphys Creek in Toowoomba and

Grantham. It is raining, the water

levels are high so it is making it

difficult for rescue crews to get in

and try to look for survivors. Now,

they will be

they will be doing that today, there

is at least 50 more police headed to

the area to help out. Residents

describe it like a tsunami, it just

basically ripped through the town and

and annihilated every in its path, tore up

tore up houses, trees, cars floated

down the river, we have seen those

pictures of people just desperately

trying to rescued, climbing to the

roofs of their homes, clinging to

trees, just holding on for people to save them.

What will emergency crews be

concentrating on today? You are

hearing reports of people sleeping

on the roof? Waiting to be rescued

by helicopter? Are they still there?

They are still assessing the

situation. Their main focus today is

looking for survives. Nay are

hopeful they -- they are hopeful

they will find them but with dozens

of people missing there are fears

the death toll will rise. We have

already seen it increase by one

person and no doubt it is going to get worse

get worse as the day goes on and

they start discovering cars that are

stranded, possibly with people

inside and thiare able to get in

there and look at homes and find

people. I just got off the phone

with police in Brisbane, at this

point we don't have any word on the

30 or so people that were sheltering

overnight add the single-story

school in Grantham. Let's hope they

are okay. Here is a are okay. Here is a look at what

police chief Bob Atkinson had to say

last night. This last night.

This has been a terrible day,

terrible day, early reports would

indicate what hit Toowoomba could

perhaps be best described as an

inland instant tsunami, with an

instant wall of water that has gone

down through the Lockyer Valley.

Whilst we have confirm said advice of four people

of four people deceased we have

grave concerns for the safety of

others at Grantham and Withcott.

That huge volume of water is heading

towards Brisbane, what is being done

to prepare for that flooding?

A lot is being done in Brisbane

Brisbane is on flood alert with 30

or more suburbs expected to be

affected by the huge waver of

affected by the huge waver of water as well as the high as well as the high tides expected

to hit Brisbane Riv later this

afternoon and they are releases

thousands of mega lete rbz -- mega

litres of water from Wivenhoe Dam so

it could be a perfect storm but it

will pass through Ipswich, the

Bremer River is expected to peak at

12 metres. Residents are being told

to sandbag their homes, if they fear

they in trouble of flooding they

should e vocuate and same in Brisbane.

30 suburbs in Brisbane on alert. Be warned.

R Moving to other parts of the state which continue to be flood affected. Around 200 homes have been swamped in the town of Dalby, west of Brisbane. The river there peaking higher than expected.

And further north, the town of Gympie remains isolated. The water made its way into the CBD, forcing businesses out. Many residents also evacuated their homes. Let's check in with the Gympie acting mayor, Tony Perrett. Tony, good morning. There was talk the Mary River would hit 21 metres overnight. Did it make it?

No, not at this stage, Sam, 19. No, not at this stage, Sam, 19.3

overnight and currently about tat

level. But we are certainly keep

agvery close watch on the surnt

situation because there is situation because there is tkpwaegs

- current situation because there is

rain overnight so we are going to

determine what effect it will have

on the Mary River throughout the region.

What area has been hardest hit in Gympie?

Sorry, didn't

Sorry, didn't hear it it? Yes?

The CBD has been primarily, the main

effect, there is footage, look we

have had significant flooding

throughout businesses, some

residents have been affected but we

evacuated some of the residents late

yesterday afternoon.

Okay, so how many residents have

been forced out of their homes

there?

About 30 or 40 at this stage but if

the river happens to rise further

today, there may be others

today, there may be others affected in the city of Gympie.

What is the outlook and your

priority today?

We are just going to assess the

situation. Obviously the rainfall

within the region, we we have had

reports of significant rain in the

west, the towns of Gilmary and

west, the towns of Gilmary and Gilkegan rain similar to other day

so we are assessing that and will

assess it accordingly.

Thank you for your time, we wish you

all the best. Are Throughout this crisis, many of the affected towns have been given plenty of warning. But that didn't happen in Toowoomba and the surrounding areas. Tom Saunders is from The Weather Channel. Tom, what happened in Toowoomba and those surrounding areas? How did authorities not know it was coming?

There was a severe weather warning

issued for flash flooding for the

area yesterday and it is what

Toowoomba got a flash flood. The

warning replains in place, covering

the south-east coast and Darling

Downs and Granite Belt, so

torrential rain has returned to the

area, it has returned over the past

few hours after easing few hours after easing overnight,

areas to the north to Gympie have

seen 50 mL of rain in the past two

hours. There is more flash flooding, the hours. There is more flash flooding,

heavy rain will continue.

The Brisbane River is looking very

swollen. What is the timeframe for

that flooding to reach Brisbane?

Ipswich expect agmajor flood peak

this afternoon along the Bremer River

River flowing into Brisbane River.

The Brisbane looking for flooding

today but higher tomorrow, a 3 metre

level tomorrow, around

level tomorrow, a1.