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More Flood Alerts Issued Ahead Of Friday's Rain Warning

Flood Alerts are back in place for many Cumbrian rivers ahead of another weather warning for rain coming into force tonight (Friday).

The yellow alert will last from 3am until 7pm tomorrow (Friday), with several Lake District rivers on flood alert again.

Forecasters say public transport and the roads will be affected; adding it's "possible" homes and businesses will flood.

Just yesterday (Wednesday), flood warnings and alerts were issued across Cumbria and North Lancashire due to the sheer amount of rain.

Last month, downpours caused flash flooding in Millom, Windermere and Kendal.

In addition, a yellow warning of wind will be in force for Lancashire from 8am until 11.55pm on Monday. 

You can keep up with the latest weather warnings here; and the latest flood alerts here.

John Hammond, a north west Met Office Advisor, said: "Rain is expected across the county from this evening – with pulses of heavier rain then continuing into Friday.

"Although rainfall totals are not expected to be as high as those on Wednesday – a further 30 to 50mm of rain could fall widely. Indeed, 70 to 80mm of rain could fall over exposed hills and fells by Friday evening. Given that this rain will fall on saturated ground, this heightens the risk of additional impacts occuring in places.

"As a result, the Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning of Rain for many parts central and western Cumbria, where the hills and fells are once again expected to see the largest rainfall totals. 

"Some of the impacts mean that transport services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer. Spray and flooding on roads is also probable making journey times longer – and the flooding of a few homes and business is also possible.

"Meanwhile, the FFC’s Flood Guidance statement is also ‘Yellow’ for Friday across parts of Cumbria.

"Once the rain slowly and finally eases overnight Friday and into Saturday, the weekend is currently shaping up to see a mix of some drier brighter weather – along with some mainly light rain at times and temperature highs possibly into the high teens.

"As you may be aware, at the moment, the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia are looking set to head to the west of the UK early next week. This will bring Cumbria the chance of some rain – but with the focus currently on strong winds and the highest gusts further west towards Northern Ireland."
 

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