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  1. Our coverage of the severe weather in Cumbria and the North East

    We've come to the end of this live page for today but updates throughout the night can be found here.

    BBC Cumbria will be broadcasting throughout the night to keep you up to date on the weather and floods across Cumbria.

    You can listen to us live online here or on 95.6FM and you can get more updates by following us on Twitter.

  2. Cumbria's health services under pressure

    Cumbria's health services say they are are under pressure this evening as the county faces severe weather.

    Many roads are closed and Cumbria Police have urged people not to drive unless absolutely vital.

    They say it is also affecting the ability of the county's out of hours doctors to respond. People are urged only to use 999 in a life threatening emergency and call NHS 111 for medical advice.The website may also be helpful.

    If it is safe people are urged to check on vulnerable family, friends or neighbours.

    Cumbria Health On Call (CHOC) is also appealing for any available doctors who may be able to offer their support to CHOC to contact them.

  3. Power restored to 38,500 but 4,500 to go

    Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for running the power network across the North East, says it has restored power to around 38,500 customers as Storm Desmond continues to hit the region.

    Since 19:00 last night the storm has caused  power cuts for around 43,000 customers predominantly in Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Yorkshire Dales. 


    But engineers are having particular problems in the Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale as strong winds are making it unsafe for linesmen to climb to repair the damage caused to overhead power lines by fallen trees and flying debris. 

    A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman said: “Storm Desmond is continuing to affect the region with strong winds expected to last into the early hours of Sunday morning."

  4. Almost 50 homes evacuated in Corbridge

    Northumberland County Council and others have helped evacuate 49 houses in Corbridge throughout the day.

    Two severe flood warnings remain in place for the River Tyne at the town.

    The North Tyne is already at record levels and is predicted to rise by another metre, the council said.

    Flooding at Corbridge

    Paul Hedley, deputy chief fire officer with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Agencies have been working closely throughout the day to deal with a number of flooding and wind related incidents.

    “This will continue throughout the night and I’d like to thank the communities of Northumberland for their co-operation throughout this difficult  time."

  5. Room with a view

    This is the view from Dan Potts' home on Crosthwaite Road in Keswick.

    There are severe flood warnings along the River Greta which flows through the town.

    The river Great flows into gardens
  6. Tees 'rising rapidly' at Croft

    The River Tees is rising rapidly at Croft, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have warned.

    River Tees at Croft

    A spokesman said the weather is affecting the river and urged people to take care.  

    Croft is currently subject to a flood warning with the Environment Agency saying flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

  7. More pictures of the River Greta in Keswick

    Flooding from the River Greta in Keswick is causing major problems.

    Lee Procter has been photographing the river throughout the day.

    A church building half submerged
    A mini golf course submerged
    Keswick Rugby Club flooded
    Bridge in Keswick surrounded by water
    Emergency services pump water in Keswick
  8. People cannot get in or out of Keswick

    Fiona Trott

    BBC News

    People can't get in or out of Keswick and the river hasn't peaked yet.

    The focus is now on the town's flood defences as the rain continues to fall.

  9. Cockermouth floods expected at 19:00

    Cockermouth's flood barriers have a "high likelihood" of being breached at 19:00, Cumbria Police have warned.

    They said a breach would mean flooding in the town.

    A reception centre has been set up at Cockermouth School on Castlegate Drive where residents can receive advice and shelter. 

  10. Major rail disruption in Cumbria

    The flooding caused by the extreme weather of Storm Desmond has wrought havoc on the rail system in Cumbria.

    Network Rail says there have been many incidents of flooding between Carlisle and Oxenholme and Northern Rail says the West Coast Main Line is closed North of Preston. 

    It also says the Settle-Carlisle line is closed, and the Cumbrian coastal line is blocked at Ulverston because flood water is above rail height. 

    Northern Rail is asking its passengers not to travel in the Cumbria area today or tomorrow and said because of the weather replacement bus services are "impractical".