Cumbria

Heavy rain and high winds warning for Cumbria

High winds and heavy rain have caused problems on roads across Cumbria.

With 100mm of rain forecast in the next 24 hours, the Environment Agency has issued 36 flood alerts and seven warnings.

The A6 south of Penrith was blocked for a time by a fallen tree, which also brought down power lines near Clifton.

A number of roads were only passable with care due to standing water. They included the A595 at Bothel, and the Crossthwaite Roundabout at Keswick.

Botchergate in Carlisle was closed for a time after masonry fell from the former Mood nightclub building.

A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said: "Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check the weather and traffic conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe."

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