Flooding outlook Wednesday 15 January 2020

date15 January 2020

While Storm Brendan has now passed, high winds continue to affect most of Scotland’s coastline.

Throughout the rest of today the continued combination of sustained winds driving large inshore waves and storm surge, in addition to naturally high tides, will result in an ongoing flood risk.

We have seen impacts to business, communities and transport (including road closures) widely around the Scottish coastline over recent days in places like Fort William, the Western Isles, Aberdeen, Stonehaven and across the Orkney Islands.

There remains a risk of flooding to communities, road and rail routes around most of Scotland’s coast today, from the Solway Firth in the south to the Dundee and Angus coasts in the east.  Of specific concern for today is Orkney, Stonehaven and the Ayrshire Coast. The period of greatest risk is around high tides, and timings can be found in the Flood Alerts and Warnings at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

These conditions can be dangerous. Follow the advice of the emergency services. Be aware of the most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings via our website and Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Advice on how to be prepared for flooding, for your home, business and travel is available from floodlinescotland.org

What are Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings?

We use forecast weather information provided by the Met Office combined with our own observation of rainfall and river levels and advanced hydrological modelling to provide advance warning of flooding.

Regional Flood Alerts are early advice that flooding is possible across a wider geographical area. The purpose of the Alerts is to make people aware of the risk of flooding and be prepared. We normally issue them 12 to 24 hours in advance of the possibility of flooding.

Flood Warnings are more locally specific and are issued for areas where we have gauges on rivers to measure the exact river height. They are issued at shorter notice when we are more certain that a specific area will be affected.