NORTHUMBRIA Police is urging motorists to drive with care as standing water affects conditions on roads across the region.
Heavy rainfall that has hit the region this afternoon (Friday, December 14) is expected until 11pm.
Standing water has been reported on many main and side roads across the whole of the Northumbria force area.
Warnings have also been issued by the Environment Agency about high tides, strong winds and potential flooding in the region.
Extra officers are on patrol in flood prone areas with no serious issues reported so far.
Drivers are urged to allow extra travel time, use their lights appropriately, moderate their speed and maintain a safe distance from any vehicles in front.
They are also being warned not to take risks and drive through areas that have been flooded.
The AA have also reported that heavy rain and black ice is causing problems for drivers and have put their flood rescue team on standby.
They have attended 5,800 breakdowns so far today and expects to attend 14,000 by the end of today (Friday, December 14).
Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations, says: “It’s pretty dark and horrible out there at the moment, so visibility isn’t great.
"Before you head off, take a couple of minutes to clean and check all your lights – either you can get someone to help or reverse up to a wall to check the rears.
“While on the road, keep your speed in check, drop back from the vehicle in front and watch out for standing water.
"If the steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
“Also if there is any localised flooding, stay out of flood water.”
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People seeking advice about flooding in their area can ring the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 9881188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk