Torrential downpours are set to fall over Greater Manchester today as Storm Christoph hits the region.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for heavy rain and flooding for parts of the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands and the east of England.

Flood alerts are in place for some areas surrounding the River Mersey, River Irwell and River Bollin in Greater Manchester for the next 48 hours.

The amber 'danger to life' warnings have prompted Greater Manchester Police to issue advice to residents.

Anyone in danger due to flooding is being urged to call 999.

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Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey, Chair of the GM Strategic Coordination Group for Storm Christoph, said: "We are aware that Storm Christoph is due to reach the North West tomorrow and I want to reassure the public that we're working alongside other agencies across the region - including local authorities and emergency services - to ensure that Greater Manchester is as prepared as possible.

"An amber weather warning remains in place for most of Greater Manchester and you should contact your local authority if you are concerned about flooding in your area, but always call 999 in an emergency.

Flood alerts in Greater Manchester

"Heavy rainfall is expected across large parts of the North West over the next 48 hours and we'd advise people to only travel if absolutely necessary and to take great care when using the roads.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to stand up a major incident response should it be required.

"It is likely that flood alerts will be issued this evening to ensure that everyone has as much time as possible to prepare for possible flooding. We will continue to provide updates as often as we can."

The weather warning is in place for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, starting from 6am today (January 19) until 12pm on Thursday (January 21).

Flood warnings in place

The map below shows all of the flood warnings in place for areas in Greater Manchester.

Flood warnings in place across Greater Manchester
Flood warnings in place across Greater Manchester (Image: Gov.uk)

They include:

Police are preparing for a 'major incident response'

The flood and weather warnings have prompted Greater Manchester Police to issue advice to residents.

The force said it is ready to ‘stand up’ a major incident response, should it be necessary.

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