The Met Office has issued its second most severe weather warning as a band of heavy rain and gale force winds move across the North East.
Forecasters warn that the atrocious weather will move north into Scotland during the course of Monday.
Issuing its Amber warning, the Met Office said: "A deep area of low pressure is moving north from the Bay of Biscay and will bring a very unsettled spell of weather.
"There remains a large amount of uncertainty at where the heaviest rainfall is likely to fall.
"In addition to the heavy rain winds will increase to gale force, with gusts to severe gale force, particularly over high ground.
"The public should be prepared for an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding during this period.
"Flooding issues may be exacerbated in places by drainage impeded by debris, for example leaves and small branches blown from trees."
The alert is in force for 24 hours from midnight on Sunday September 23.
Paul Mott, senior meteorologist at MeteoGroup, said: "There is going to be a big change in the weather from what we have had recently.
"Some parts of the country have enjoyed some very dry and warm days during September, with barely a couple of inches of rainfall.
"But, over the next 36 hours, quite a few areas are looking at 30 to 40mm of rain, with as much as 50 to 60mm locally.
"There is likely to be some localised flooding, and gusts of up to 60mph in parts of Scotland, which is enough to pull up the odd tree."
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