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Torrential rain hits the UK as flood warnings issued and schools closed - will you be affected?

Mirror logo Mirror 12/10/2017 Kara O'Neill

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Torrential rain has hit the UK with several weather warnings issued over flooding.

The first was in place yesterday, when downpours in Cumbria forced a number of school closures and led to traffic disruption across the county.

And another yellow weather warning for rain has now been issued for the early hours of tomorrow morning, and is set to last the entire day.

Among roads affected by torrential downpours were the A590 at Kendal, the A6 at Kendal and Milnthorpe and the A591 at Windermere and Troutbeck Bridge.

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Cumbria County Council said two bridges, Egremont Bridge and Forge Bridge near Eskdale, were closed due to the heavy rainfall and wind.

Footage posted by Seatoller House, a B&B in Borrowdale, Keswick, showed floodwater gushing down a narrow country road.

They wrote on Twitter: "Current situation in Seatoller, drains blocked and not enough sand bags, hope all is well down river."

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Nine schools in the county had to shut their doors on Wednesday.

The Environment Agency issued eight flood warnings for Cumbria and police urged motorists to drive to the conditions and beware of standing water.

Northern Rail said lines were blocked between Aspatria and Carlisle because of flooding, with a bus replacement service in place between Carlisle and Maryport.

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Tomorrow, bus and train routes are expected to be disrupted, and there are warnings that flooding of homes and businesses is possible.

Elsewhere, cloud is expected to thicken tonight, bringing persistent rain to western Scotland.

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Coastal gales from the Irish sea will affect northwest England.

The east will have some clearer spells, while in the south, it's expected to be warm with temperatures in Brighton reaching 17C.

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