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The Met Office has warned of life-threatening flooding by issuing amber weather warnings for rain in North West England and South West Scotland.

Up to 300mm are expected to fall in parts of Cumbria, from 3 p.m. Wednesday and not expected to decrease until Thursday evening.

“Over a 24-hour period, you could see a month of rain,” said Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth, describing the weather as “remarkable.”

“The total precipitation is much higher than the average precipitation for this time of year, certainly, and in general, at any time of the year, it rains a lot in a short period of time,” she said. told the PA news agency.

Two months of rain could fall in some spots, Shuttleworth said, adding that the area received an average of 160mm in a typical October.

Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland are also expected to be affected by downpours from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Met Office said there could be a “danger to life from rapid or deep flood water.”

Orange Alerts also warn of potential damage to homes and businesses from flooding, unsafe driving conditions and travel disruptions. Communities could be cut off by flooded roads and face power outages, according to the Met Office.

Cumbria has already experienced 12 hours of heavy rain, the service said.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Services said residents should “be alert to the dangers of flood water”.

“Never enter flood waters on foot or in a vehicle. Call 999 if life is in danger – we’re here to help, ”the service tweeted.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) tweeted: ‘A persistent and heavy swath of rain in the south could lead to localized flooding of surface waters and streams on Wednesday, disrupting movement and inundating local communities. lowlands, 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 hitting the UK is due to a flow of warm, humid air that has moved from the tropics, Shuttleworth said.

South West England and Wales are expected to be affected on Thursday, with a yellow weather warning for rain across much of Wales until Friday afternoon.

According to the Met Office, some disruption is expected, particularly in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, but not as extensive or impacting as other affected areas in the UK.

In the rest of the country, it is mostly cloudy on Wednesday with some clear spells.

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