Floods, rain and wind on their way as weather warning for heavy rain and wind issued for North East

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We're in a for a battering with a risk of floods and disruptions, if forecasters have got it right.

The Met Office has issued a yellow-category weather warning for the region as "a broad area of heavy, persistent rain" heads for the region.

Only the most northerly parts of the North East will be hit by the worst of it, but persistent showers will hit the rest of the region.

Strong northeasterly winds are also on their way with gusts of 40-50 mph.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Please be aware of the possibility of localised flooding and disruption to transport.

"Some 20-30 mm of rain may fall in 6 hours in places whilst 30-50 mm may occur locally through the whole period, the greater risk of this being across parts of North East England where the rain becomes most persistent.

"There remains some uncertainty in timing and extent of the northward spread of the rain."