Flood warnings have been issued in the North West as torrential rain is forecast to continue for the next few days.
The Met Office has warned that most of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire will receive 50-60mm (2-2.4 inches) of rain with up to 100mm (4 inches) in some areas, while Yorkshire has also been badly affected.
The abundant rainfall could cause localised flooding and rivers could rapidly overflow, the Environment Agency said.
It has told residents in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, the Wirral, North Cheshire and Lancashire to expect flooding, which could occur from today until Saturday.
Warnings for flash flooding have also been given for areas in south-east England, East Anglia, the North and East Midlands and north and west Wales, the Environment Agency said.
Matt Dobson, a forecaster with Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "The worst weather overnight has been across the North West and into Cheshire, where between 10-20mm (0.4-0.8 inches) fell. Central and southern Scotland were also badly hit."
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