CUMBRIANS are being warned of the potential for disruption today and into the weekend as high winds, rain and tidal surges are due to hit the county.

The Met Office has issued ‘yellow alerts’ for rain and wind from today through to Sunday.

Heavy rain is forecast, with the possibility of snow over higher ground, particularly in east/northeast Cumbria.

Strong winds are also expected over Saturday and Sunday which, combined with high tides, could lead to coastal flooding caused by large waves and spray.

Heavy rain on already saturated ground will also heighten the risk of river and surface water flooding across the region.

Cumbria Police and partner agencies are urging people to be prepared and avoid going near harbours or promenades during this period for their own safety.

Police are also urging people, especially those living in areas prone to flooding, to remain vigilant.

Keep an eye on local weather reports and keep up to date with flood alerts and warnings by visiting the Environment Agency website at 

Call Floodline to sign up for Flood Alerts Direct, search for ‘Flood Warnings’ on Facebook and follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencyNW.

If you see the roads in your area starting to flood with a build-up of surface water, please contact Cumbria County Council’s Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609 or email