Terrible weather further south could affect the travel plans of Teessiders, as warnings remain in place
Train users are being advised not to travel as heavy rain batters the UK - and it's forecast for Teesside .
Northern, which runs train services across the north of England, has warned people to avoid the rail network in Yorkshire and Lancashire - potentially scuppering Teesside travellers heading on services towards Manchester.
Flooding has closed the lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria- and roads are also closed meaning customers should not attempt to travel.
There remains potential for disruption to services in many areas of the Northern network throughout the day on Thursday with heavy rain forecast for Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South and West Yorkshire.
Currently, the Met Office has a yellow weather warning for rain in place across much of England, including the Teesside area which has largely escaped much of the deluge so far.
More serious amber warnings are in place south of Leeds on Thursday, and around Greater Manchester on Friday.
A further yellow warning covers Teesside and kicks in at 6am on Friday morning.
But the forecast shows around a 50% chance of rain overnight, with wind gust speeds getting up to around 40mph.
The Met Office has warned those affected by the yellow warning:
- Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
- Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, with a risk that some communities may be cut off by flooded roads
- Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible
- Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- Fast flowing or deep floodwater
Meanwhile Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for delivering power to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East and North Yorkshire , has confirmed that it's prepared should the forecasted heavy rain affect its power network.
Rod Gardner, Head of Network Operations, said: "We’re monitoring the weather very closely and have already taken action to ensure that we have extra engineers ready to monitor any flooding impacts, restore power and carry out repairs if there is any damage to our network as a result of the weather conditions.
“We’ve got our fleet of 4x4 vehicles and other specialist access equipment on standby should the forecasted rain make travel and site access difficult."