Weather warning issued for Lancashire as Storm Alex set to smash Britain with heavy rain
Parts of Lancashire have been braced for another weekend of wet and windy weather as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning.
As much as 50mm of rain is predicted to batter the county as we head into the weekend, with other parts of the UK subject to 100-125mm.
The rain is set to be heavy and persistent throughout Saturday evening, before turning "more showery in nature" by Sunday.
The warning - which covers Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Blackburn, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Burnley and Darwen - is in place from 3am on Saturday (October 3) until 6pm the following day (Sunday, October 4).
A spokesman for the Met Office said: ""Heavy rain will push north and west across the UK, clearing from much of southeast England by Saturday afternoon. However, it is expected to remain heavy and persistent throughout Saturday and into mid-Sunday across eastern Scotland, the far northeast of England, much of Wales, and southwest England.
"This is likely to bring flooding and some disruption to travel. Many places will see 25-50 mm of rainfall, with totals of 100-125 mm expected over the high ground of eastern Scotland, and perhaps parts of Wales and southwest England.
"The unusual wind direction associated with the rainfall will mean that the peak rainfall totals are likely to occur in some areas that are usually well sheltered and direr during unsettled spells of weather. During Sunday the rain will turn more showery in nature and become significantly less widespread."
Weather experts have warned fast flowing or deep floodwater may cause a danger to life, as well as communities becoming cut off by flooded roads.
Travel delays, flooding and power cuts have also been predicted as a result of the heavy rainfall.
Here's what the Met Office says to expect:
- Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
- A small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
- A small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
- A small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads
- A slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses