Sheffield residents urged to 'stay inside' ahead of horrendous downpours across north of England

Residents in Sheffield have been warned to stay inside as a huge deluge of rain and flooding swept across northern England - with more torrential downpours expected to hit the city overnight.

The city bore the brunt of the wet weather, with motorists abandoning their cars and people evacuating homes and businesses due to dangerous flooding, with the Met Office releasing amber weather warnings, which are in place until Friday.

Rain in Sheffield and other parts of South and West Yorkshire have left streets like rivers and some routes impassable.

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Fire and Rescue service members pull an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
People pull an inflatable boat as they wade through floodwater past houses in a flooded street in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash floods the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman (R) stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wades through floodwater as she crosses a flooded road in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is pulled from an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man hitches a ride out of flood waters on the back of a lorry after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man drives through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Men wade through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man checks a car abandoned in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Workers are transported by members of the Fire and Rescue Service to check on their business after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Residents walk through floodwater in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists travel through floodwaters in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, - NOVEMBER 08: Men are rescued from flood waters by members of the Fire and Rescue Service after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Debris floats in the courtyard of The Boat Inn at the village of Sprotborough in Doncaster, northern England, on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day.. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A man in high visibility overalls carries a woman through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Andrew Hall carries his six year-old daughter Lillie-Mai through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Teenagers ride their bikes through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers walk through flood water as they leave Centurion House in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A person walks through flood water on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers inspect flooded rail tracks at Rotherham train station in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of the Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water as he passes an abandoned car on a flooded road Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM - NOVEMBER 08: A bed in the window of a shop stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
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A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A person wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
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A man walks through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
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A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
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Train services have been affected by flooding across the Pennines and South Yorkshire and tram-train services between Rotherham and Sheffield have also been hit by the weather.

And after an afternoon of misery, a local councillor has warned residents that the situation "will get worse tonight".

Councillor Mark Jones, cabinet member for environment, streetscene and climate change, said the city is struggling to cope with dangerous levels of water.

He said: "The rain is going to get worse again tonight. We have a full emergency service running and we are monitoring the situation as best we can but we are inundated.

"It's all hands on deck, everything is being activated and mobilised but the fire service and Amey are working at full capacity.

"There is extensive flooding throughout the north of Sheffield. Stay inside and think twice about travelling. It is not a night to be out on the roads."

Councillor Jones said rivers bursting their banks were a particular worry - and warned residents to "stay home, stay warm and dry and stay safe"

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain until 6am on Friday for an area between Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford.

It has also issued yellow warnings for surrounding regions as it said 40mm of rain had fallen in the Sheffield area between midnight and noon on Thursday.

Weather agency meteorologist Craig Snell said it could be that the total level could hit 100mm by Friday morning.

Mr Snell said driving conditions would continue to be challenging in West and South Yorkshire as well as across the Pennines and Manchester into Friday.

South Yorkshire Police issued alerts including one which said: "Please adjust your driving to suit the extreme conditions during the next 24 hours.

"We have more rain forecast and many roads have standing water which varies in depth, so please drive with caution and reduce speed to allow time to react."

A separate alert read: "Please try and avoid Rivelin Valley Road. Between Malin Bridge and Rails Road there are several large floods which are very deep in areas."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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