AN "act now" flood warning has been issued for Bradford Beck following heavy rain amid Storm Babet.

The Environment Agency issued the warning - which states "flooding is expected" - this morning.

It applies to properties along Bradford Beck and its tributaries and includes Bradford city centre.

The warning states: "Bradford Beck in the vicinity of Bradford Mills, Bradford, is rising rapidly in response to persistent rain overnight.

"Flooding of roads and property are possible.

"Further rain which is forecast throughout today will mean that water levels will continue to rise.

"Our incident rooms are open and we are closely monitoring the situation.

"Monitor local water levels and weather conditions, and consider putting your flood plan into action.

"You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water."

Environment Agency flood alerts are also in place for the River Calder, River Wharfe, River Aire and River Spen.

A Met Office amber warning of rain is now in force in West Yorkshire until 6am tomorrow.

Communities in Bradford and the rest of West Yorkshire face possible flooding and "danger to life", according to the weather agency.