Parts of Lancashire have been issued an amber weather warning for rain by the Met Office.

This warning runs alongside the original yellow weather warning that is in place today (May 22) and on Thursday (May 23).

The amber warning is in place from 12pm today until the same time tomorrow and it covers Lancashire, including Blackburn with Darwen.

What to expect as heavy rain hits Lancashire

It’s likely that some train and bus services could be delayed or cancelled and there’s a good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads.

It’s likely that the heavy rain will cause fast flowing or deep floodwater, causing danger to life.

Driving conditions could become difficult with spray and flooding possible and some road closures could occur.

Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses is also likely.

What did the Met Office say?

The Met Office said in a statement: “Rain becoming heavy and persistent during Wednesday afternoon before easing during Thursday morning. The heaviest rain is expected over north facing hills and where strong winds will enhance rainfall accumulations.

“Many places within the warning area will see 30-40mm of rain, with high ground of northwest England seeing 70-90 mm. While mountains of north Wales may see 100-150mm or more.”

You can see your local forecast and warnings affecting your area via the Met Office website.

Parts of the north west issued amber weather warning for rain

Other parts of the north west are included in the amber weather warning, including:

  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cheshire East
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington

See the Met Office website for your local forecast.