Storm warnings for Friday have now been extended, with the North-East braced for 54 hours of torrential weather.

Met Office forecasters originally predicted heavy rain throughout Friday, ending at midnight, but has now revised the warning which is set to last until 6am on Sunday.

The yellow warning for rain brings with it a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

The Met Office also warned there was a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.

Delays or cancellations to train and bus services were also a possibility.

Spray and flooding could also lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

There was a small chance that some communities could become cut off by flooded roads.

The yellow warning for thunderstorms said some areas of the North-East could miss the weather completely, however other parts could expect up to 40mm of rain in three hours.

The Met Office said there was a warning of a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater or lightning strikes.

The conditions may lead to difficult driving conditions, the forecaster has warned.