Storm and tides cause Merseyside and Cheshire flood disruption

New Brighton Wirral, Chester and Warrington were all hit by flood waters

Storm conditions combined with high tides have led to flooding in parts of Merseyside and Cheshire.

Flood waters hit in Wirral and Chester, while parts of Warrington town centre were closed after river levels rose.

Kings Parade in New Brighton, West Kirby Promenade, the Dell in Rock Ferry and Hoylake Promenade were also closed.

Ferry operator Stena Line cancelled sailings between Belfast and Liverpool due to floods and strong winds.

The Environment Agency has issued 13 flood warnings in place for Merseyside and Cheshire.

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    Morning showers 08:07:

    BBC Weather reports showers or rain will soon spread from the west this morning, heavy at times.

    Weather forecast

    The rain should start to ease and clear later this afternoon, with a fine evening for most parts.

    Good morning 08:00: Paul Burnell BBC News

    Hello everyone, I'm here with all your news, weather, travel and sports updates throughout the day.

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    I look forward to hearing from you.



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