Flood warnings remain in place as Storm Christoph continues to batter England.

Parts of the country, particularly in the northern part, are preparing for widespread flooding as the Met Office’s amber weather warning for heavy rain remains in force.

There are more than 50 flood warnings across northern, central and eastern England and some rail services have been cancelled. Sandbags have been laid in at-risk areas, with up to 70mm (2.75in) of rain due.

As heavy rain combines with melting snow and high winds until Thursday the Met Office has warned of significant hazards. Parts of Cumbria has seen 80mm of rain since midnight on Tuesday and many places have had 50mm and further rain is predicted in the next 24 – 36 hours.

Major disruption includes the Humber Bridge being closed to certain vehicles because of strong winds and northern rail line services from Wigan and Southport, Manchester to Liverpool, Carlisle to Skipton and Preston and Buxton suspended due to flooding.

More than 50 flood warnings have been issued by The Environment Agency which means flooding is expected and immediate action required and there are more than 170 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible.

South Yorkshire has largely avoided the heavy rain.

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