Northumberland warned to brace itself as Met Office issues Storm Francis rain warning
A weather warning for rain has been issued for Northumberland as the region takes a hit from Storm Francis.
The Met Office warning runs throughout Tuesday, August 25, until 6am on Wednesday, August 26, covering all of England except the south of the North East region.
A deep area of low pressure, which arrived across the UK last night, is responsible for gusts of around 60mph and the heavy rain.
The county's forecast says it can expect rain until around 4pm, when there will be a break until around 5pm, when it will get progressively heavier until around 8pm, when it will ease off.
It will then begin to rain again from around 1am, continuing until around 10am tomorrow.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has already issued a plea to drivers to take extra care while out on the roads due to the wet weather.
The warning states the area can expect some flooding and disruption to travel, with longer journey times, spray and standing water on roads, some interruption to power supplies and other services and a chance of flooding to “a few homes and businesses likely.”
It says strong east to north-easterly winds are also expected to develop, with gusts of 50 mph affecting exposed coasts and hills.
The Met Office forecast for Northumberland today states: “Storm Francis will bring a spell of very wet and windy weather northeastwards across all parts during the day.
"The rain will be heavy at times, leading to some localised flooding in places and accompanied by gale-force winds.”