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Severe storms have caused flash flooding, ripped down trees and dumped heavy rain as they swept across south-east Queensland

A veteran pilot has died after his ultra-light plane nose-dived into scrub and burst into flames at Woodstock south of Townsville this morning.

Isolation leads to a big increase in the chances of dying early. Experts say the negative impact of loneliness is so bad that it should be considered a public health issue.