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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Heavy rain set to hit Cumbria today

POLICE have urged residents in Cumbria to travel with care as more poor weather has been forecast - with 40mm of rain due to fall in the county.

Flood alerts have remained in place for Keswick campsite, the River Derwent, River Eden, River Brathay, River Rothay and River Winster but flood alerts on the River Duddon have been lifted.

Drivers have been urged to check weather updates before travelling.

A police spokeswoman said: "Cumbria police is urging the communities to be prepared as the weather over the next few days may continue to cause disruption to roads and cause some localised flooding.

"Yesterday the counties roads were affected by standing water which resulted in some roads being heavily affected/closed as well as some areas being flooded.

"The Met Office have advised that more heavy rain is due to hit Cumbria again on Monday and high winds on Tuesday, therefore police want to take this opportunity advise people to take care and be prepared."

Police said at 3.30pm :The heavy rain and high winds are continuing to affect the counties roads and can advise that the A591 is passable with care due to flooding and quite treacherous in some areas, particularly from Dunmail Raise towards Grasmere and also on the Keswick side of Dunmail Raise.

"There is a lot of surface water on the roads, and police are urging motorists to drive to the road and weather conditions.

"Please avoid the area and allow extra time for your journey on alternative routes."

Met Office forecasters are expecting a stormy start and end to Christmas week. However, there will be a calmer, colder spell for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Met Office Chief Forecaster Andy Page said: “A rapidly deepening area of low pressure is developing to the west of Ireland and is forecast to pass just to the northwest of the UK overnight and on Tuesday.

“This will bring stormy conditions to the UK, with the strongest winds likely along the south and southeast coasts of England on Monday night and for Northern Ireland, the north and northwest of Scotland on Tuesday. This storm brings the potential for disruption to transport.

“The public are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead and be prepared for the weather in store.”

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