Tegan Osborne: We'll leave it there Canberra - but we'll be back tomorrow from 6.30am.
Here's our usual recap of the five 'most clicked' stories this morning.
Please, take care on the roads while this rain continues. Stay safe.
13 dead in DC Navy Yard shooting
Civilian contractor Aaron Alexis has been identified as the gunman behind a shooting rampage inside the US Navy Yard in Washington, DC, that killed at least 13 people, reports US correspondent Nick O'Malley.PT2M30S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2tv1c 620 349 September 17, 2013
The Australian market looks set to open lower despite international markets mostly gaining on news Larry Summers had withdrawn from the Federal Reserve chairmanship race and lessened fears over Syria.
Meantime the Australian dollar remains above 93 US cents.
It was recently buying 0.9318 US dollars, and 0.6985 Euro.
Stephanie Anderson: Former Labor MP Mike Kelly may have conceded his seat of Eden-Monaro, but he's letting us know he's keeping busy.
Off now 2 thank the wonderful staff of Australian Civil Military Centre which we established. My last act as Minister. So grateful 2 them.— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyMP) September 16, 2013
Meanwhile, the voting continues for the bellwether seat as Liberal candidate Peter Hendy clings onto a lead of 861 votes.
ACT opposition has warned same-sex couples who wed under ACT laws could quickly find their marriages annulled if a High Court challenge was mounted.
The ACT government is set to introduce a bill to the Legislative Assembly to allow same-sex marriages in the territory.
The bill is likely to pass the 17-member Assembly with the support of all eight Labor MLAs and Greens member Shane Rattenbury.
But Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson said it was inappropriate for the Assembly to debate marriage equality legislation, as it's a matter for the Commonwealth.
As the Liberals slipped from 565 votes above quota to 209 votes behind last night in the race for the second ACT senate seat, this tweet came from Greens candidate for the Senate Simon Sheikh.
As predicted, Libs Senate vote has started to fall every few hours now that below the line pre poll votes are being counted. Now below quota— Simon Sheikh (@SimonSheikh) September 16, 2013
Grant Newton: The death toll from massive floods in the US state of Colorado has risen to seven, while officials say hundreds of people remain unaccounted for. Helicopters resumed search and rescue missions, helped by clearer weather after days of torrential rain that has left more than 1500 homes destroyed and more than 17,000 damaged.
At least 658 people remain unaccounted for, according to the state Office of Emergency Management.
An M-923 United States military logistical transportation vehicle on its side in a ditch in Longmont, Colorado after being washed away by flood waters. Photo: Marc Piscotty
Here's the latest from Associated Press on the incident outside the White House in Washington, where a man has been tackled by police after throwing firecrackers over the fence.
Man arrested in front of White House after tossing firecrackers over fence: http://t.co/7In4zoTxpx -RJJ— The Associated Press (@AP) September 16, 2013
Stephanie Anderson: Ambulance officers have assessed three people following a five car collision on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning.
Emergency crews were called to the crash shortly after 8.30am.
Ambulance officers treated three people on the scene, but no one was transported to hospital.
ACT Policing are reporting that the right lane is completely blocked to traffic and all southbound traffic is being diverted along Cotter Road.
Meanwhile, another Parkway crash near Sulwood Drive caused no injuries and has been cleared.
Stephanie Anderson: Here’s a quick recap of this morning's road delays and blockages, for readers about to get behind the wheel.
- Southbound lanes of Tuggeranong Parkway have been closed near Hindmarsh Drive after a five car collision. Traffic is being diverted along Cotter Road, while crews attend to another Parkway crash in Kambah. This is expected to take between 30 to 45 minutes.
- A significant amount of water is slowing traffic on Majura Road
- Flooding has closed one lane near a Canberra Avenue roundabout at the intersection with Sturt Avenue in Narrabundah
- Authorities have closed Oaks Estate low level crossing
Police are urging drivers to slow down as rain continues.
Natasha Rudra: The National Film and Sound Archive has posted on Youtube a fleeting clip of Australia's earliest road traffic accident recorded on film.
It's a collision between a man and a horse on a street in 1905. According to the archive the victim was leaving the Swallow and Ariell's Biscuit Factory in Port Melbourne.
He was "seemingly transfixed by the camera's presence" and run down by a horse, suffering severe head injury.
Take a look.
More out of Washington this morning - the White House has gone into lockdown after what was believed to have been shots fired in the area. The US Secret Service now says a male threw firecrackers over a White House fence.
#Breaking: US secret service says man threw firecrackers over White House's north fence, says there were no shots fired. (Reuters)— ABC News (@abcnews) September 16, 2013
David Pope: Latest news from the Tour de ACT Senate race.
Another 1.95 per cent was added to the ACT Senate vote count in yesterday’s mountain stage.
The Liberals have slipped from 565 votes above quota to 209 votes behind.
More stages to go, so things are getting interesting for Zed Seselja in the yellow jersey.
Stephanie Anderson: Crews are on their way to another crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway.
The multiple car crash near Sulwood Drive was reported around 8.45am and authorities are on their way to the scene.
Crews remain on the scene at of an earlier five car crash, just near the intersection with Hindmarsh Drive.
An ACT Policing spokesman said there were major traffic disruptions in the area and urged drivers to slow down.
Diversions are now in place for the crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway.
MVA: Tuggeranong Pkw. All traffic will be diverted southbound at COTTER RD onto COTTER Rd until collision is cleared.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 16, 2013
Stephanie Anderson: Police across the border are also reporting a crash on the Kings Highway this morning.
A Queanbeyan Police spokesman said officers had received reports of a Landcruiser, which had collided with a tree west of Braidwood.
The spokesman said it appeared no one was in the vehicle.
Stephanie Anderson: Police are urging drivers to slow down in the rain following a five car crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning.
Crews are on their way to the collision just north of Hindmarsh Drive following initial reports shortly after 8.30am.
ACT Policing are reporting that the right lane is completely blocked to traffic.
MVA: Tuggeranong Pkw, Hindmarsh Dr collision north bound, use alt route as ACTES attending. Make way for ACTES attempting to make way to MVA— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 16, 2013
We’ll bring you more on this accident as details come to hand.
This one is for you Flounder! And all the other cricket fans.
Australia has beat England by 49 runs in the one-day international at The Rose Bowl.
Shane Watson’s heroics with the bat ensured Australia finished their tour of England in style as they clinched the one-day series 2-1 with a 49-run win over the hosts at Southampton. England were bowled out for 249 in 48 overs in reply to Australia’s 298 all out, with James Faulkner taking 3-31 as the tourists signed off their trip with a decisive win.
Shane Watson of Australia acknowledges the crowd after his ncentury. Photo: Getty Images
Drivers are being urged to slow down in the rain.
MVA: Tuggeranong Pkw just north of Hindmarsh. 5 cars involved. RIGHT LANE BLOCKED. Increase your gap btw cars and reduce speed please.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 16, 2013
Grant Newton: This just in from across the border.
All #Queanbeyan sports fields have been closed until at least Friday 20 September.— Queanbeyan Council (@QueanbeyanCity) September 16, 2013
Rte 24 (7:33am from Woden BS) has experienced a breakdown at Mawson Shops at 8am. Next service from Mawson at 8:44am — ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 16, 2013
Stephanie Anderson: Police are now warning of water on Majura Road.
Wentworth ave and Canberra ave roundabout flooded, reduce speed. Large sections of Majura Road under water reduce speed. Roads ACT watching.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 16, 2013
Authorities have already closed a number of intersections in the capital, which you can catch up on here.
Died at the scene: the FBI released a picture of the shooter, Aaron Alexis. Photo: Supplied
Updating you on the US shooting.
The man in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that has left at least 12 people dead has been identified as Aaron Alexis.
An official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, says Alexis is a 34-year-old from Texas.
He is believed to have a criminal record there.
Split: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.
The opening sentence of this story by Michael Idato is gold.
"Was it a case of all twerk and no play?"
Yes, you guessed it. Liam Hemsworth and twerking pop singer Miley Cyrus appear to have split.
Some more ACTION bus updates.
Peak riders of Blue Rapid 300 series (Belc to Woden between 8.17-8.57am) may experience a 3 min delay/congestion due to a service disruption— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 16, 2013
UPDATE: Rte 28 (7:42am from Cooleman Court) will now operate from Duffy Primary with some delays.— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 16, 2013
Stephanie Anderson: On a more serious note, authorities are closing a number of roads due to flooding this morning.
Heavy rains overnight have forced drivers down to one lane at the roundabout on Canberra Avenue, at the intersection with Sturt Avenue in Narrabundah.
Oaks Estate low level crossing has also been blocked to drivers and further closures are expected.
We’ll keep you up to date with flooding throughout the capital as the morning unfolds.
This made us chuckle this morning so we thought we'd share.
If all this rain is making you a little crazy, looks like you're not the only one.
Ed O'Daly shared this picture of his dog this morning via Twitter/Instagram.
There was some excellent hashtagging going on in the accompanying tweet, so we've shared that too.
Rte 18 (7:43am from Lewis Luxton Ave) will not operate due to a breakdown. Next 318 service from Woodcock Dr at 7:52am — ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 16, 2013
Stephanie Anderson: If you're just joining us, Canberra has received record breaking rain overnight, totalling almost 70mm in some parts of the capital.
The Bureau of Meteorology had predicted up to 50mm at the most, however meteorologist Sean Carson said 56mm had been recorded at the Canberra Airport as of 7am.
He said Tuggeranong also received a drenching of 69mm, prompting calls to emergency services.
“That’s our wettest 24 hour period since March 2012,” he said.
“It’s also our period in September all up. It is record breaking for this time of the year.”
Mark Evan from Campbell and Ada Goldsmith from Belconnen try to stay dry at Floriade on Monday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Rte 28 (7:42am from Cooleman Court) will not operate due to cancellation. Next service at 8:19am— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 16, 2013
An ACTION update for you.
Rte 65 (7:40am from Tugg BS) will be serviced by mini van (ltd seating).— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 16, 2013
This is crazy, and a bit unnerving.
Our drive team have taken a spin in the new V12 pace - a luxury Rolls Royce with a gearbox linked to satellite-navigation.
It uses the mapping data to predict when to change gears.
Call me conservative, but I prefer to change gears by myself. I'm not trusting a computer with that stuff.
If you've just joined us, a shooting rampage in the heart of a US Navy complex in Washington DC has left 13 people dead.
One shooter was killed, but police are looking for one other possible gunman wearing a military-style uniform.
Federal law enforcement officials identified the shooter as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old Texas man believed to have a criminal record there and say he may have used someone else’s identification card to enter the Navy Yard.
President Barack Obama says he’s mourning yet another mass shooting and called it a cowardly act.
US confronts 'yet another mass shooting'
President Barack Obama says the US is facing "yet another mass shooting" with an armed attack at Washington's Navy base, and vows to hold accountable whomever is responsible.PT1M54S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2tvka 620 349 September 17, 2013
Too many Canberrans are texting or reading emails while they drive, according to a new survey.
Grant Newton: Sure, the sample size was small, but the results are terrifying all the same.
A recent survey of 115 Canberra drivers revealed that almost half had updated their Facebook status or tweeted while driving and almost all (97 per cent) had sent a text or read an email while at the wheel.
Just as horrifying, the survey revealed that 51 per cent are playing games on their phones and 85 per cent are taking photos.
NRMA Insurance spokesperson Tracy Woodley said the results are concerning as drivers are still ignoring safety warnings.
“All too often we see drivers running the risk and talking on their mobile phone or glancing down to write or read a text message, putting their lives, other drivers and pedestrians at risk.’’
Scottish comic and actor Billy Connolly has had surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the "initial symptoms" of Parkinson's Disease.
Thankfully, 70-year-old star will continue to work in TV and on stage.
Health worries: comedian Billy Connolly. Photo: AP
Stephanie Anderson: Thieves and vandals have attacked the city’s trees, planted by Territory and Municipal Services to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary year.
Director of City Services Fleur Flanery said 16 of the 100 trees planted in Flynn Place in Yarralumla have been stolen, while six more in nearby suburbs had been damaged beyond repair.
“This is in addition to the 60 newly planted trees which have been vandalised so far in 2013,” she said.
Ms Flanery said anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
Stephanie Anderson: Emergency services received almost a dozen calls for help during the downpour in Canberra overnight.
The ACT State Emergency Service responded to 11 calls since 2pm, mostly relating to minor damage from leaking roofs across the south of the capital.
The Bureau of Meteorology reported record breaking rain across the ACT, totalling 56mm at the airport and 69mm at Tuggeranong as of 7am.
Grant Newton: Still on ours roads and some welcome news this week that the NSW Government will spend a further $2.3m on upgrades to the Kings Highway. It follows news last week that work had started on a $1 million improvement program to widen the shoulder of the eastbound lane of the Highway and clear the roadside for one kilometre east of the intersection with Misty Mountain Road. Shoulder widening work will also be carried out on the westbound lane at the intersection of the Kings Highway and Lyons Road. The work, to be carried out from 8am to 5pm weekdays, is expected to take about six weeks to complete.
Workers repair part of the Kings Highway damaged in a landslip last year. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Stephanie Anderson: Don’t put those umbrellas away just yet – showers are expected to continue throughout the day in Canberra.
Our friends at the Bureau of Meteorology said the past 24 hours have been the wettest ever recorded for September, totalling in 69mm in some parts of Canberra.
The heavy rains are due to ease off throughout the day, but showers will continue into tomorrow morning.
Stephanie Anderson: Clive Palmer may be convinced of vote tampering in the Queensland electorate of Fairfax, but he remains ahead by 362 votes as the count continues.
The latest figures issued by the Australian Electoral Commission have the billionaire ahead of Liberal National Party candidate Ted O’Brien, with the vote more than 89 per cent complete.
Mr Palmer appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program last night, where he voiced concerns that Australia’s divisional returning officers are all former Australian armed forces officers, saying that the military shouldn’t be involved in a democracy.
Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella trails her independent challenger by 405 votes in Indi.
Closer to home, Liberal candidate Peter Hendy remains 861 votes ahead of Labor incumbent Mike Kelly in Eden-Monaro.
Clive Palmer. Photo: AFR
Today's cartoon by David Pope.
Here's one to watch... We'll be following up on possible changes in the upper echelons of the public service, after Tony Abbott mentioned a shake-up while announcing his ministry yesterday:
Asked about the fate of public service departmental bosses under the new government, the incoming prime minister simply said there would be changes.
“As for departmental secretaries, I’ll have more to say about that later in the week,” Mr Abbott said.
“There will be some changes there, but I would like the people of Australia to understand that I respect the Australian Public Service.”
Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott addresses the media in his first press conference since his election. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Ricky Stuart holds his first press conference as incoming coach. Photo: Karleen Minney
Ricky Stuart has formally signed on the dotted line with the Canberra Raiders for the next three years.
Stuart told a media conference yesterday that he was excited to be heading home to Canberra.
It's 11C outside right now and we're heading for a top of 19C.
Parts of Canberra has seen up to 70mm since the rain began yesterday.
According to the weather folk, the rain should ease this morning.
Wednesday - Cloudy, max 18C.
Thursday - Partly cloudy, max 18C.
Friday - Partly cloudy, max 18C.
First up - two gunmen are thought to be at large after mass shooting at a Washington naval base, just three kilometres from the Capitol Building.
Up to 12 people have been shot dead by a gun man, who is also dead.
Authorities have not said if they believe the attack was an act of terrorism, or even that they are certain about the reports of multiple gunmen, but a massive police operation including “active shooter units” of the DC Metropolitan Police and the ATF as well as officers of the FBI, the US Park Police, the NCIS and Homeland Security is ongoing.
Naval base shooting: police scramble
Police respond to a shooting at the the heavily guarded Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington - the shooter is believed dead.PT0M26S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2tvj9 620 349 September 17, 2013
Tegan Osborne: Hi Canberra. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Yesterday it started raining and it just hasn't stopped, and there's more wet weather ahead.
We have a full weather wrap ahead for you in just a moment, along with all the major news of the morning, as well as traffic and public transport updates.
We're with you until 9.30am.