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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Cumbria have now finished. 

    We'll be back at 08:00 with updates for Christmas Eve, including any consequences of the heavy rain forecast for early tomorrow.

    You too can get involved:  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

    Good night.

  2. Weather: Forecast for rain later

    There will be clear intervals at first, but southerly gales will develop with heavy rain into the small hours. 

    Temperatures will rise a little to about 9C (48F). 

    The latest forecast for where you are is here.

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  3. Power firm works to protect substations

    Electricity North West says it's been preparing for bad weather over Christmas night and Boxing Day, when the Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain.

    Engineers have been ensuring key substations are protected, a spokesman said. 

    Earlier this month about 55,000 homes in the Lancaster area lost power because of flooding.

    Vulnerable customers, including some older or disabled people can sign up for priority service here or ring 0800 195 4141.

  4. Choir gets in tune for BBC North West Tonight special

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    This is the end of rehearsals for the brilliant North West Tonight Christmas Choir ahead of the Alder Hay charity programme. 

    Watch BBC One at 18:30 if you're in the south of the county.   

    Choir rehersals
  5. 'This was a catastrophic flood and I wish you the best of luck'

    In an open letter on the Accrington website, boss John Coleman continued: "The quotes published were just a small snippet of a longer interview.

    "In that interview, my sympathy for the people who have suffered massively from the floods was made abundantly clear.

    "I have no issue with your football club, this was a catastrophic flood and I wish you the best of luck in overcoming the hardship it has caused."

    Carlisle have been given a boost in their attempts to restore Brunton Park to a playable state after learning they are eligible to apply for contributions from the Premier League Fans Fund.

  6. Met Office upgrades weather warning for Cumbria

    The Met Office has now issued an amber warning for rain over the early hours of Boxing Day and beyond.

    It says: "There remains uncertainty over the exact location and intensity of the heaviest rainfall. 

    "However, around 60 to 80mm of rain is likely to accumulate during Boxing Day, with up to 150mm possible over high ground. 

    "If the rainfall amounts, currently predicted, occur over the warning area, given the sensitivities medium impacts are likely."

    It says the warning will be reviewed over the coming days.

  7. Cumbria Floods: Coleman apologises for Carlisle comments

    Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman says he intended no offence to Carlisle United after criticising the Football League's decision to allow them to move home games after flooding in the area.

    Carlisle's Brunton Park home was rendered unusable, and they are playing games at three alternative venues.

    Coleman was frustrated because Stanley have had two League Two games postponed because of waterlogging.

    "Can I start by apologising if I have caused any offence," he said. 

    Brunton Park
  8. Butter knife man 'could face jail'

    A man who grabbed a butter knife and confronted two men in Ambleside has been warned by a judge that he could go to prison.

    At Carlisle Crown Court, Dwayne Keenan, 40, pleaded guilty to affray and having a bladed article.   

    The court was told he felt under threat after an earlier confrontation.

    Sentence was adjourned for reports. Recorder Grice told Keenan all options, including custody, remained open.

  9. Police and fire crews investigate fatal blaze

    Fire investigation teams have been at a former fire station in Kenda to find out what started a blaze that left one man dead and another with serious burns.

    The emergency services were called to the building in Aynam Road, which is now housing association flats, just before 20:00 last night.

    A 22-year-old man, who'd escaped the ground floor flat, is now in a critical condition in hospital in Birmingham being treated for burns.  Firefighters found the body of a second man, who was 20, in the flat.

  10. After so much rain, a patch of sun in Grasmere

    Martin Campbell took this picture in Grasmere this afternoon. 

    "We got wet. We dusted ourselves down. Now we're open & going to enjoy Christmas. Stunning day in Grasmere today."

    Grasmere looking good

    Has it been a decent day at last where you are? Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

  11. Travel: Emergency roadworks bring queues on A66

    BBC Travel

    Temporary lights at Kirkby Thore are causing queues of several miles and delays of around an hour on the A66.  

    It's thought the temporary traffic lights are for a collapsed manhole cover.

    The latest travel news is here.

  12. BT engineers see weeks of work flooded

    Engineers who'd been fixing a complex telephone fault in Grange-over-Sands and Lindale say they'd nearly completed the job when the floods swamped their manholes.

    A spokesman for BT said the crews are working around the clock to fix the cables again by Christmas Eve, but renewed flooding might make it impossible.

    “People in Grange-over-Sands and Lindale have been incredibly patient and understanding and we want them to know we are working hard to finish this second round of repairs caused by the flooding.”

  13. Travel: Long delays on A66 due to roadworks

    BBC Travel

    Reports are coming in of long delays on the A66 because of roadworks at Kirkby Thore.

    Get the latest travel news here.  

  14. Video: Flood victims mop-up after third deluge

    People in Appleby in Cumbria are mopping-up again after facing their third flood in a month. 

    The River Eden came over its banks again last night, with the town having barely recovered from the devastating floods left by Storm Desmond. 

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    Video caption: Flood victims mop-up after third deluge

    The latest floods were much less severe, but further storm weather is already predicted in the run-up to Christmas. 

    Appleby residents like Roy Ashley from Appleby Garage, and Clifford Curley from The Westmorland Building Centre, say people in the town desperately need some respite. 

  15. Housing workers on standby for Boxing Day storm

    This video of the River Kent in spate (which means very full but not flooded, in case you weren't aware) through Kendal was taken by Tom Lynch, who works for South Lakes Housing.

    River Kent in spate

    Tom and a team of craftsmen will be on call from Christmas night, and he's not looking forward to the weather. 

    In any case, the craftsmen will return to work on Monday, repairing homes flooded by Storm Desmond.

  16. Kendal fire death 'not suspicious'

    Police say they're not treating the death of a 20-year-old man in a fire in Kendal as a criminal investigation.

    The fire in Aynam Road swept through a ground-floor flat in a former fire station converted into housing association flats.  

    A second man who suffered serious burns is now in a critical condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

    The cause of the fire is still being investigated and it is not yet known if it was related to the severe weather.