UK weather: More than 100 flood warnings across Midlands and Yorkshire

Sanya Burgess, news reporter

Commuters have been facing travel chaos in northern England as trains have been cancelled and motorists are hit by road closures because of flooding.

Parts of the north Midlands and Yorkshire have seen around half of the average November rainfall just on Thursday, the Met Office said. More rain was expected overnight.

More than 100 flood warnings and 117 flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency, as amber and yellow warnings are in place across the country.

By 5pm on Thursday, Sheffield had seen 47.2mm of rainfall, while Emley Moor was hit by 40mm.

Rainfall could reach 100mm by Friday morning, according to Met forecaster Craig Snell.

An amber warning for heavy rain has been issued and is set to last until 6am on Friday.

The warning, which means there is the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property, covers an area between Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford.

Yellow warnings are in place for north Wales as well as east Manchester, covering Leeds, Lincoln, York, Scarborough and Middlesborough. A yellow warning means there may be some travel disruption.

On Thursday, hours of torrential rain in Sheffield and other parts of South and West Yorkshire flooded streets and left pathways impassable.

Hundreds of people were left stranded in Meadowhall shopping centre, just off the M1 near Sheffield, when the surrounding roads were brought to a standstill caused by nearby flooding.

The situation worsened when the River Don burst its banks on one side. At 9.30pm it burst and flooded another road that cars had been travelling on.

The centre's annual Christmas Live event was cancelled. It is the biggest shopping centre in Yorkshire.

Former student Hannah Crossley, 24, lives locally and arrived at the centre at 3pm to get a head start on her Christmas shopping and intended to go home by 7pm latest.

At 9pm, she remained stuck in the shopping centre and had watched the water levels rise to be "centimetres away from flooding over the wall".

She told Sky News: "Meadowhall says it's safe to leave but the river is centimetres away from flooding over the wall.

"We will try and leave in a bit when it's died down. I'm okay, I feel very calm but it just shows how powerful water really is."

Within an hour, the River Don flooded over the road Ms Crossley was overlooking and trains were cancelled, meaning she may have to stay the night in the shopping centre.

"[The River Don] has fully burst it's banks and has now caused floods on to the road which is now a river," she said.

A mudslide has forced 35 homes to be evacuated in Mansfield, a town between Sheffield and Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to Bank End Close just before 5pm. The fire service and Mansfield District Council were also called following concerns for the safety of people living in the houses.

Rail firm Northern said a number of routes, including the Todmorden-Rochdale cross-Pennine line, had been closed due to flooding. It added that lines are blocked at stations including Hadfield and Rotherham Central.

South Yorkshire Police issued a number of alerts, including one saying: "Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions during the next 24 hours.

"We have more rain forecast and many roads have standing water which varies in depth, so please drive with caution and reduce speed to allow time to react."