An economic advisor has told the Reuters news agency that the recent bad weather could tip the UK back into recession.
Peter Spencer, chief economic advisor to the Ernst and Young Item Club, said:
Assuming the fourth quarter is as substantially negative as we now fear, we will almost certainly be heading back into recession.
When the economy is bouncing along the bottom anyway, a bout of bad weather can easily tip it into negative territory.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.