Severe weather warning issued for Sunderland: Safety plea as more heavy rain set to hit Wearside

Highways Maintenance teams tackling flooding earlier today.

Highways Maintenance teams tackling flooding earlier today.

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Wearsiders are being warned to stay safe after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for more rain overnight.

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning valid from 4am tomorrow morning until 9pm tomorrow night.

Although the first part of tonight is expected to be dry, they are predicting a band of persistent, and at times, heavy rain pushing in from the west between 3 am and 6 am. This is likely to last for 6-8 hours, finally clearing the east coast in the early afternoon.

Councillor Michael Mordey, senior councillor for City Services, said: "We'd again ask people to take extra care when they're out and about and allow more time for their journeys, especially during tomorrow morning's rush hour when the rain could be at its peak.

"We've had so much rain over the last few days that the ground is saturated so it's likely that we're going to see surface water forming very quickly, with impacts on the transport network.

"We'd especially ask people to watch out for areas of standing water on roads and pavements and advise motorists to drive carefully and to keep their distance from the car in front.

"The council has teams working around the clock to monitor the situation and is working with the emergency services to tackle any problems caused by the adverse weather.

"This is likely to continue into Friday and the weekend which the Met Office is currently predicting will bring further spells of rain and showers.”

Roker Pier remains closed.

For the latest updates on the weather visit the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk

Useful information is also available on:

www.sunderland.gov.uk/floods