North England hit by torrential rain and flooding

Sheffield was hit by flooding after a torrential rain in the area.

(CNN)Floods have paralyzed parts of north England, with roads and train lines shuttered and people stranded in a shopping mall, unable to leave.

As of Thursday evening, the UK Environment Agency had issued 99 flood warnings across the country, with 117 further lower level alerts indicating possible floods in place.
A man cycles through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
Sheffield, a major city in South Yorkshire, was one of the worst hit areas.
    Meadowhall, the city's indoor shopping mall, was forced to cancel a Christmas event because of the heavy rain. Police asked shoppers to stay at the mall, as roads in the area were gridlocked.