This report by our correspondent Andy Bonner contains some very distressing images from the start:
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Reds fans jet out in their thousands for the Champions League final. Disappointment for some supporters after flights were cancelled.
Slow moving torrential downpours now likely in the south of the region. High rainfall totals possible.
Rain easing away overnight but staying cloudy. Plenty of warm sunshine for the weekend. Small risk of some thundery showers.