Torrential rain brings another wet day to the North East

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The North East today woke to another drenched day after a night of torrential rain.

Last night, emergency services had to deal with a spate of flood-related incidents around the region.

The swollen River Wear in Durham City today.

The swollen River Wear in Durham City today.

The Environment Agency closed all four flood gates at Morpeth, in Northumberland, and police warned drivers to take care on the roads after officers had to pull two cars from flood waters in Newcastle.

Durham Police warned that the River Wear was about to burst its banks close to the Radisson Hotel in the city centre following a day of heavy rainfall.

Last night, flooding on the A19 was among the problems caused by a deluge of rain across the North East.

The road was closed northbound from the A184 at Testo's Roundabout to the A194 Lindisfarne Roundabout at Jarrow, causing congestion and problems for motorists heading towards the Tyne Tunnel.

Firemen attempting to trying to stop water entering houses close to the B6317 in Blaydon, Gateshead, after a culvert became blocked.

Firemen attempting to trying to stop water entering houses close to the B6317 in Blaydon, Gateshead, after a culvert became blocked.

Roads around Nissan were also affected, including the A1290, which affected some bus services.

This morning, the same northbound stretch of the A19 was closed for a couple of hours before the morning rush-hour while water on the road was pumped away.

The closure resulted in heavy slow-moving traffic as the morning rush-hour approached.The bad news is that there's more on the way. Forecasters say it will be a cloudy night for most areas, with light rain or drizzle in the North East at first.

However, a band of heavy rain in the west will spread eastwards through the night to merge with the rain in the North East near dawn.

Tomorrow will be a windy day for most areas, with early heavy rain gradually clearing from most central and southern areas, but remaining in parts of northern England and Scotland, with snow on the mountains.

A view of the swollen River Don from the footbridge at Hill Park Road, Jarrow. Pic: Gillian Heslop.

A view of the swollen River Don from the footbridge at Hill Park Road, Jarrow. Pic: Gillian Heslop.

The outlook for Friday is showery rain, heavy at times across parts of the UK, while Saturday will remain unsettled, with heavy showers or longer spells of rain or hill snow and a risk of thunder. A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "There is still a lot of standing water across the force area this morning so please be careful and leave extra time for your journeys."

There were no trains between Newcastle and Carlisle due to a landslip between Prudhoe and Hexham. A replacement bus service is running between Prudhoe-Hexham, Newcastle-Carlisle.

The Environment Agency Tweeted: "Levels are dropping across the North East. The @morpethscheme prevented flooding and levels now receding. Flood gates will be reopened soon."

No delays were reported on the Metro, and