Lancashire 'danger to life' weather warning as 54-hours of rain to batter region

Lancashire has been hit by a three-day weather warnings as downpours look set to drench the region.

The yellow alert issued by the Met Office will come into place shortly after midnight, and last until 6am on Thursday (May 23). The warning covers the whole of the county, as well as Cumbria.

Heavy rain could cause serious disruption to travel, and flooding is expected in some areas. Torrential downpours could lead to some communities being cut off entirely.


According to the forecaster, spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some roa closures/. There is also a risk of flooding to homes and businesses, causing damage to some buildings.

The Met Office added that fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible.

A Mini continues to sink in flood water after coming to a stop in a farmer's field just off Mythop Road
A Mini stuck in flood water after coming to a stop in a farmer's field just off Mythop Road -Credit:James Maloney/Lancs Live

A spokesperson for the forecaster said: "An area of rain is expected to develop across eastern and central England and then move northwestwards to affect northern England and north Wales during Wednesday afternoon.

"The area of rain could then become slow moving, heavy and persistent, especially over north facing hills, before clearing during Thursday morning. There is a lot of uncertainty over exactly where the heaviest rain will occur and this warning is likely to be updated. Many places will see 30-40 mm of rain, while a few areas may receive 60-80 mm.

"There is also a small chance that a few upland areas could see much higher totals, in the order of 100-150 mm."