North East regions are on alert as parts of the country face torrential rain and “life threatening” flooding with the conditions set to affect travel on roads.

North East regions are set to be among the worst hit with some parts of Northumberland under a yellow weather warning set by the Met Office.

Roads in and out of the North East such as the A69 may be among those affected if the forecasts prove to be accurate.

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In some parts of the country, two months' worth of rain could fall in some local spots, the Met Office said.

Neighbouring Cumbria is being lashed with “persistent and heavy rain”, which is not likely to ease until Thursday night, the service said.

Up to 300mm (11.8ins) is expected to fall in parts of the region, which typically sees an average of 160mm (6.2ins) in October.

As a result, there are reports that evacuations from the Lake District are being discussed, sources told the Express.

Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland are also being battered by downpours, lasting until 9am on Thursday.

A warning is in force until 12pm on Thursday and covers areas of Durham and Northumberland with weather likely to consist of persistent downpours in the region.

The Met Office have described the conditions they are expecting to afflict the region on their website as follows: "Persistent and at times heavy rain is expected to cause impacts from Wednesday morning through to Thursday.

"In general, 40-80 mm is expected within the warning area but 140-180 mm is likely over high ground with as much as 200 mm in some locations."

Flooding appears to be the main concern of the Met Office and many of their warnings reflect this.

The Met Office have warned that there is a "small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings", alongside a "small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life".

They added: "Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures. There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads."

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