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UK flood warning tracker LIVE – 5 days of life-threatening storms begin at 3pm TODAY as Cumbria homes flooded

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THE UK will be battered by five days of brutal storms that experts have warned could be life-threatening.

The "heavy and persistent" downpours are expected from 3pm today with yellow and amber flood alerts for the North.

Flooding is "expected" in the Lake District and south west Scotland with a risk of homes and businesses being flooded and damaged.

Two flood warnings and 15 flood alerts are in place for England, while Scotland has one and four in place respectively.

Six inches (160mm) will fall in parts today, and up to eight inches (200mm) is expected on Thursday and Friday.

That amounts to as much as a month's worth of rain in under 24 hours.

Read our flood tracker live blog below for the latest alerts...