United Kingdom is braced after fresh flood warnings
More than 100 flood alerts and warnings have been issued across England and Wales as Britain gets ready for a Boxing Day marred by torrential rain and flooding.
Up to 120mm of rain is expected to fall in parts of the North West, feeding already-swollen rivers in Cumbria that now threaten to burst for the fourth time this month. The Government's emergency Cobra committee met as the Army deployed to towns across Cumbria to build up flood defences before winter storm Eva makes landfall, bringing winds of up to 80mph and persistent downpours.
Met Office forecasters have issued an amber warning of rain for Cumbria and the North West, estimating 50mm to 80mm of rain to fall on high ground and up to 120mm over exposed areas.