Lancashire weather updates as Met Offices issues Storm Babet warnings for Preston, Chorley, Leyland and East Lancs

Storm Babet has hit the UK and forecasters warn heavy rain could lead to flooding, traffic accidents and travel disruption today.
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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning which came into effect at midnight and is set to continue until 6am on Saturday (October 21).

The affected areas include Preston, Blackburn, Chorley, Accrington, Burnley, Leyland, Rossendale, Colne, Nelson and West Lancashire.

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Scotland is set to face the worst of the storm, but parts of Lancashire is also expected to be hit with torrential rain, causing issues for those travelling on the county’s roads.

We'll be bringing you the latest on Storm Babet – including weather and travel updates – in our live blog below...

Lancashire weather: Latest updates as Met Office issues Storm Babet weather warning

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Power cut leaves 96 homes in Kirkham without electricity after ‘unexpected incident on high voltage cable’

More than 90 homes in Kirkham were hit by a power cutMore than 90 homes in Kirkham were hit by a power cut
More than 90 homes in Kirkham were hit by a power cut

Approximately 96 properties in the PR4 area were thought to be affected by the issue on Friday evening (October 20).

Electricity North West said the power cut had been caused by an “unexpected incident on high voltage cable.”

The issue was first reported at approximately 6.30, with power expected to be restored by 9.20pm.

“We didn’t know before your electricity went off that this was going to happen but now we know, rest assured we will get your power back on safely and as quickly as possible,” a spokesman for Electricity North West said.

“Please be aware that all our timescales are estimated based on previous experience and may change if new information becomes available while our engineers are fixing the issue.

“With high voltage power cuts, we’re often able to get many of the homes involved back on before our estimated time of restoration.”

These were the affected postcodes:

PR4 3DN, PR4 3AR, PR4 3DY, PR4 3FE, PR4 3FL, PR4 3DE, PR4 3DA, PR4 3ED, PR4 3HE, PR4 3HN, PR4 3DD, PR4 3JT, PR4 3DH, PR4 3BT, PR4 3BL, PR4 3JL, PR4 3DL, PR4 3HA, PR4 3AS, PR4 3EP, PR4 3BY, PR4 3NA, PR4 3BH, PR4 3HB, PR4 3DZ, PR4 3EB, PR4 3HD, PR4 3HR, PR4 3EJ, PR4 3HJ, PR4 3AJ, PR4 3JX, PR4 3HQ, PR4 3AD, PR4 3DG, PR4 3BU, PR4 3ZA, PR4 3FF, PR4 3DX, PR4 3EH, PR4 3DB, PR4 3BQ, PR4 3HL, PR4 3DT, PR4 3FJ, PR4 3BX, PR4 3FA, PR4 3EE, PR4 3EU, PR4 3BN, PR4 3JW, PR4 3DP, PR4 3DS, PR4 3AA, PR4 3DW, PR4 3FH, PR4 3DF, PR4 3HP, PR4 3AQ, PR4 3DR, PR4 3FN, PR4 3JA, PR4 3EG, PR2 6SZ, PR4 3PA, PR4 3RB, PR4 3EN, PR5 6TN, PR4 3AP, PR4 3JR, PR4 3BS, PR4 2HD, PR4 3WA, PR4 6SP

Yellow weather warning for most of Lancashire

These are the current weather warnings in place as Storm Babet hits the UK.

A yellow warning for rain came in at midnight and will last until 6am on Saturday. It covers most of Lancashire as well as all of Greater Manchester and much of England.

An amber warning for rain comes into force at 12pm today and will last until 6am tomorrow. It covers parts of northern England, the Midlands and northern Wales.

A rare red weather alert is in place until noon on Friday for parts of eastern Scotland.

Weather warnings in force

Ambulance service issues warning

North West Ambulance Service has issued a warning to drivers as Storm babet hits.

They said:

From 12 midday until 6am on Saturday, amber weather warnings are in place for rain across areas of the North West.

This is likely to lead to flooding in some areas and dangerous driving conditions.

If your journey is essential, check your wipers before setting off, curb your speed and listen out for travel alerts.

Met Office video forecast as Storm Babet hits Lancashire