Parts of Britain have been put under ‘danger to life’ weather warnings ahead of torrential downpours set to last until Sunday.
The Met Office said flooding could affect homes and businesses and cause transport disruption with communities cut off by waterlogged roads.
The heaviest rainfall is expected to be across the hills and mountains of northwest Wales and Cumbria, where six inches of rain could fall between Thursday morning and midnight Friday, when a yellow warning will be in place.
The alert covers parts of Wales and North West England as well as Shropshire and North and West Yorkshire.
A similar warning is in place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with parts of Scotland also expected to be battered by rain.
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said the unsettled weather was being caused by ‘decaying tropical hurricanes’ which disrupt conditions when they enter the North Atlantic.
He said: ‘The remnants of former Hurricane Epsilon have been subsumed into another deep area of low pressure to the south-west of Iceland, and although the low centre is a long way from our shores and won’t cause disruption, the trailing weather fronts associated with this system will bring wind and rain to the UK, along with a potentially heavy swell.
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