People across Cumbria are being warned heavy and persistent downpours could cause flooding towards the end of this week.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind and rain on Friday, which come into force at 5am and 6am, respectively. They both expire at midnight.

The rain warning states: "A spell of heavy and persistent rain on Friday has the potential to cause some flooding.

"There is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings. Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses."

The rain warning covers most of the county but only coastal areas will be affected by the wind. Residents are being warned of the potential dangers of large waves and flying debris.

A further 24-hour warning of rain will then come into force at midnight on Friday, extending the potential flooding risk.