The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for parts of the Lake District and Cumbria as forecasters predict life-threatening floods, with a month’s worth of rain set to fall from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday night
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Brits are being warned of fatal floods rushing through towns and destroying homes as one month’s rain is set to lash parts of the UK over two days.
Met Office forecasters predict 11 inches (300mm) of rain will fall on Cumbria between 3pm Wednesday and won’t let up until Thursday night.
The looming downpour is “much higher than average” for any time of year, forecasters say.
Some areas of the country may be hit with a colossal 23 inches (600mm) of rain – two month’s-worth.
Preparing for the torrent, the Met Office has warned Brits of “danger to life” from deep floodwater rushing through the streets.
An amber alert also advised Brits to prepare for floods causing damage as they crash through homes and businesses.
Motorists have also been told to be ready for treacherous driving conditions and widespread travel disruption.
Flooded roads and power cuts could leave some communities cut off and unable to reach services, according to the Met Office.
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“The rainfall total is much higher than the average rainfall for this time of year, definitely, and in general, for any time of year it’s a lot of rainfall in a short period of time,” she told the PA news agency.
Two months’ worth of rain could fall in some local spots, Ms Shuttleworth said, adding that the region sees an average of 160mm in a typical October.
Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland are forecast to be hit by downpours from 9pm on Wednesday, lasting until 9am on Thursday.
The Met Office said there could be a “danger to life from fast-flowing or deep floodwater”.
The amber alerts also warn of potential damage to homes and businesses from flooding, dangerous driving conditions and travel disruption.
Cumbria has already seen 12 hours of heavy rainfall, the service said.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said residents should “be alert to the dangers of flood water”.
“Never enter flood water on foot or in a vehicle. Call 999 if life is at risk – we’re here to help,” the service tweeted.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) tweeted: “A band of persistent & heavy rain in the south may lead to localised flooding from surface water & watercourses on Wednesday causing disruption to travel & flooding of low-lying land, especially in built up areas.”
The agency issued a flood warning for Ettrick Valley, while three flood alerts were in place in the Scottish Borders.
The rain lashing the UK is due to a stream of warm moist air that has moved up from the tropics, Ms Shuttleworth said.
On Thursday, south-west England and Wales are forecast to be hit, with a yellow weather warning for rain across much of Wales until Friday afternoon.
Some disruption is expected, particularly in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, though not as widespread or impactful as other affected areas of the UK, according to the Met Office.
The rest of the country is seeing mostly cloudy weather on Wednesday with some sunny spells.