Storm Gerrit: Heavy rain and strong winds set to hit Lancaster as Met Office issues weather warning

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are set to batter Lancaster and Morecambe today and tomorrow, bringing the risk of flooding and travel disruption.
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The district is set to be battered by Storm Gerrit with up to 90mm of rain in places today (December 27), with a chance of snow falling on higher ground.

Forecasters warned the downpours bring a risk of flooding, travel disruption and power cuts.

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The Met Office subsequently issued a yellow weather warning which will be in place until 3am tomorrow (December 28)

Heavy rain is set to batter Lancaster today.Heavy rain is set to batter Lancaster today.
Heavy rain is set to batter Lancaster today.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "Outbreaks of heavy rain will move north eastwards across northern England and southern Scotland during Wednesday.

"Across the warning area 20-30 mm of rain is expected to accumulate quite widely.

"Over higher ground of the Pennines, Lake District and Southern Uplands, 40-60 mm is likely during this period with as much as 70-90 mm in a few locations.

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"Strong winds will likely exacerbate any impacts from the rain.

"Snow is also likely for a short time across higher ground, although this will quickly turn to rain."

  • There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses
  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads
  • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life