Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Captured refugee to be extradited
Accused drug smuggler Mostafa Baluch is expected to face an extradition hearing on the Gold Coast this morning following his dramatic arrest in an attempt to cross the Queensland border.
Organized crime detectives from New South Wales arrived in Queensland last night and will formally apply for the extradition of Mr Baluch when he appears in Southport Magistrates Court.
A lawyer acting for Mr Baluch yesterday asked for more time to process the material in court ahead of the extradition hearing.
Police said the 33-year-old was found hidden in a shipping container in the back of a truck.
He had been on the run for 17 days after allegedly skipping bail by cutting off his ankle monitoring bracelet and fleeing his home on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Heavy rain and floods
Authorities warn that heavy rain is expected over parts of NSW during the afternoon and evening, which could cause dangerous flooding.
Areas likely to be hardest hit include the state’s northern, northwestern and central western slopes.
The State Emergency Management Agency has thousands of volunteers on stand-by and has deployed “strike teams” as well as extra resources for these areas in preparation.
SES Acting Assistant Commissioner Colin Malone says the violent storms moving through the state are dumping huge amounts of rain that will cause some rivers to flood.
“This type of rain usually causes floods, and this is where we see the real risk of people getting caught, especially on the roads,” he said.
“We want people to make smart choices … it’s about them coming home.”
Dam is expected to spill
Large amounts of water have been released from dams across the state ahead of the expected heavy rainfall.
WaterNSW said that with all major dams at or near capacity, it has been working to create more storage ahead of a “significant rain event”.
“It is unlikely that there will be sufficient capacity in these stocks to capture all of these inflows, so spillage is likely,” WaterNSW spokesman Tony Webber said.
He said teams were on standby to deal with floods, with the Keepit Dam on the Namoi River, the Wyangala Dam on the Lachlan River and the Burrinjuck Dam on the Murrumbidgee River likely to spill.
Poppies will be projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House this evening to mark Remembrance Day.
The light show was lit this morning at a service at dawn held in honor of all those killed in combat.
A RAAF flight pass will take place at 10.30 in the city prior to a Remembrance Day service at 11.00 AEDT at the Cenotaph in Martin Place.