The Met office have issued a rain warning for Cumbria and the northwest of England for the week of 5 June. The next few days are expected to to be cooler, with stronger winds and outbreaks of rain and showers.
- Monday: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, locally heavy. The focus for the highest rainfall totals looks like being west of the Pennines, running from southern parts of Cumbria southwards. With the rain continuing all day there will be plenty of surface water building up, which may cause some localised issues affecting roads and possibly properties.
- Monday Night: Rain continuing, but becoming a little lighter and more showery in nature by the end of the night.
- Tuesday: Cloudy with showers in Cumbria and Northwest England. Showers dying out overnight.
- Wednesday to Friday: Remaining unsettled with spells of rain/showers interspersed with drier interludes. The timing of the rain and showers will become clear as the forecast develops in the coming days.
A yellow warning of rain has also been issued, with the Met Office saying up to 80mm of rain is possible by 6am on Tuesday, 6 June, for the southern half of Cumbria.
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The Environment Agency has warned that further serve rain is on its way to Cumbria. The EA expect the downpours to hit on Wednesday and as the ground is already saturated flooding is likely.
"The Met Office are predicting severe rain on Wednesday so there are chances of further flooding in Cumbria but we are unable to make detailed predictions until we have better information on where the rain is likely to fall. Though we are not expecting it to be as bad as in early December.
"Our focus today moved to Lancashire and Yorkshire but we still have a dedicated team in Cumbria and a staff of 750 that can be deployed where ever they are needed.
"We advise people to remain alert and keep themselves updated throughout the week."
Cumbria is assessing the damage following high winds which saw gales of up to 100mph batter the county.
Trees have fallen down and the M6 and A66 were closed for a period of time over nights.
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Virgin Trains is advising customers not to travel because of severe weather on the west coast. It follows a decision to close part of the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Carlisle from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesday night.
All services on the West Coast Main Line will stop for two hours between 7-9pm and no alternative transport will be available.
Additionally the severe weather conditions will see trains slow as a precaution from 4pm on the following routes:
- Carlisle - Preston / Crewe
- Manchester Piccadilly / Liverpool Lime Street - Crewe / Stoke-on-Trent
- Carnforth / Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle (Cumbrian Coast)
- Settle - Carlisle
- Preston - Blackpool North / Blackpool South
- Lancaster - Windermere
- Crewe - Stoke-on-Trent
Journey times could increase by up to 60 minutes. For more information click here.
Electricity North West is drafting in more engineers after the Met Office issued a red wind warning for Cumbria.
They've also cancelled planned power shutdowns and drafted in extra engineers to help keep the lights on and repair any potential damage.
Susan Stockwell, customer director at Electricity North West, said: “We are closely monitoring the weather and we’ve taken extra measures to get ready in case severe gales hit our region.
“We work hard throughout the year maintaining and upgrading the network, but unfortunately overhead power lines can be damaged by flying debris in high winds."
Here are their ten tips for dealing with a power cut.
- If there is a power cut first check your trip switches to see if it is an internal power cut.
- Ring our 24-hour emergency line on 0800 195 4141 and signup to receive updates to your mobile.
- Keep a torch handy.
- If you are a vulnerable customer register at www.enwl.co.uk/priority
- Check a stair lift can work without electricity.
- Consider installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply system, which will safeguard your IT equipment.
- Follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter for updates and more tips.
- If you run a business and cannot afford to be without power it may be worthwhile investing in a generator.
- Leave at least one light switched on so you know when your power is restored.
- Leave your fridge and freezer doors closed–chilled products should remain safe for a number of hours.