Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
Flooding is now affecting parts of the Borders, Fife, Tayside and Angus. At present 11 generalised Flood Alerts are in force ranging from the Borders across the Central Belt and up the East side of the country to Aberdeenshire, Moray, Easter Ross and the Great Glen. There are also 24 more specific Flood Warnings in force covering several rivers in the Scottish Borders, Tayside, Angus and Sutherland.
“A band of rain is moving northwards more slowly than expected and river levels in many areas are continuing to rise. There is likely to be ongoing and increasing disruption from surface water, smaller watercourses and flooding of agricultural land for many areas throughout the day.
“The North East and the North Highlands will be impacted by the rain later today and overnight, and while conditions in the South East should improve later on Friday, disruption may be expected further North as water levels continue to rise.
“A general improvement across all areas is forecast to occur during Saturday. SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and update its advice accordingly. We would encourage people in the areas potentially at risk to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline, our direct warning service, via our website, or by calling 0845 988 1188.”