I am setting aside my planned posts while this crisis continues. Go to ABC for the latest news. You will find information on how to help on that page.
Just to get some idea of size:
This is the latest map from the Bureau of Meteorology:
Last night on WIN TV, our regional channel:
We currently have tropical weather patterns extending from north-west Western Australia across to Queensland and down as far as northern Tasmania. Parts of Victoria had a drenching overnight.