More than 100 extreme weather warnings, including 15 noting conditions were life-threatening, have been issued across Britain.
The Army was deployed across Cumbria as the government’s emergency committee Cobra met to discuss measures to protect lives amid the wettest December on record.
Lancashire and North Yorkshire are braced for ‘very severe’ rain this morning with forecasts warning Lancashire locals ‘widespread flooding will lead to severe disruption to travel and danger to life’.
North and West Yorkshire’s alert was also upgraded to Red with forecasters predicting 120mm would fall in high ground and exposed areas.
The Met Office warned: ‘widespread flooding will lead to high levels of disruption to travel – deep fast-flowing watercourses and an associated possible danger to life’.
On average 145mm of rain usually falls in the entire month of December – a total forecasters predict will be surpassed in just hours of torrential rain in Cumbria Lancashire and Yorkshire.(cont..)