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More Rain to Follow Storm Desmond's Devastating Flooding in North of England

Another round of heavy rain is set to spread across the United Kingdom Wednesday and Thursday, threatening to flood rivers already swollen following Storm Desmond.

The fourth Met Office-named storm of the season brought record rainfall totals to much of the North West, with widespread amounts between 180 and 200 mm (7 and 8 inches) across the Lakes.

A rain gauge at Honister Pass recorded a record-breaking 341 mm (13 inches) of rain in only 24 hours.

According to the Met Office, the average rainfall for Cumbria for the month of December is 146.1 mm (5.75 inches).

"Additional heavy rain will move across western Scotland and into northern England and Wales on Wednesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

"This could cause flash flooding in areas already saturated by Storm Desmond and a rise in river levels," Roys said.

Another 25-76 mm (1-3 inches) are expected through Thursday morning.

"Environment Agency teams are continuing to check and maintain flood defences, clear blockages in rivers, monitor water levels and work with local flood wardens in the areas worst affected," the Environment Agency said in a press release Monday.

The agency is urging people not to drive through flood waters, as only 30 cm (12 inches) is enough to move a vehicle.

On Tuesday, more than 50 flood warnings remained in effect across the North West, 16 of which were severe, indicating a danger to life.

Electricity North West continues to restore power to customers in Lancaster and the surrounding areas on Tuesday, after more than 1,000 properties suffered power cuts as a result of the flooding.

According to Sky News, Cumbria Police estimated that "up to 6,425 properties may have been flooded, while communities in Northumberland and Lancashire were also badly affected."

Cumbria county's flood defenses were upgraded in 2010 during a multimillion-pound project to ensure protection against a once-in-100-years flood.