The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning to 'amber' for rain as flooding begins in the north west.

Cumbria is affected first, with heavy rain already falling in areas of the Lake District, causing disruption on the roads.

The forecast says: "Persistent, heavy rain will continue through Wednesday, overnight and for much of Thursday. 100 to 150 mm rain is likely to accumulate quite widely through this period, with 200 to 250 mm falling over prone fells, mainly across the west of the warning area. Rain is likely to become more showery and less persistent, albeit still heavy at times, during Thursday night and perhaps Friday morning, with a separate yellow warning still in force at that time."

Yellow warnings for rain will also be in place across Lancashire on Thursday and Friday as 30-60 mm of rainfall is expected within the warning area but 80-100 mm is likely over high ground with as much as 150 mm in some locations.

In Keswick this morning, Barrowdale Road is flooded. There have been reports from locals that drivers can't get pass through the flood water.

Flood pic
Flood warnings and alerts are in place across Cumbria and Lancashire

The A591 is also partially flooded in Rydal, near to the Glen Rothay Hotel.

A spokesperson for Cumbria Road Watch said: "A591 partially blocked and queueing traffic due to flooding near the Glen Rothay Hotel. Expect delays."

Flood warnings are in place for the county, with the Met Office confirming that Lancashire is also likely to be affected as the week goes on.

They said: "Widespread flooding is possible from rivers and surface water across Cumbria and parts of the north Pennines on Wednesday. This could continue into Thursday and Friday, and also affect parts of Lancashire and the mid to south Pennines.

"Properties may flood and there may be travel disruption. Flooding is probable from surface water, and perhaps some rivers, for parts of Wales on Thursday and Friday. Local flooding is also possible for parts of the north of Wales on Wednesday evening, as well as elsewhere across England and Wales from Thursday to Saturday. Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption."

Avanti West Coast train company is advising passengers not to travel north of Preston from today onwards due to the flood risk.

On Twitter, they wrote: "Due to heavy rain forecast on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October, we’re expecting severe disruption to our services north of Preston. We’re advising customers do not travel on this route."

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