Stewart Prodger from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Flood Unit, said:
We are sufficiently concerned about today and tonights predicted rainfall to issue Flood Alerts and Warnings for several areas of Scotland.
“These range from Orkney and Shetland down to Dumfries and Galloway, and highlight the potential for both river and coastal flooding impacts. River levels are expected to respond as a band of heavy and persistent rain continues this evening, with areas of Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire, Argyle and Bute and Tayside most at risk from potential flooding. As the rain is followed by strong to gale force winds, the more exposed coastlines of Argyll and Bute, Arran and Ayrshire are expected to encounter localised flooding from wave overtopping. The likelihood of localised flooding in Oban is also expected with wave overtopping affecting areas close to the sea front.
“In addition to the heavy rain and strong winds, a tidal surge in the Firth of Clyde is anticipated to coincide with high tide overnight into Thursday and is expected to cause significant flooding in some communities along tidal areas of the estuary. Communities potentially impacted by the flooding include Helensburgh, Gourock, Renfrew and Dumbarton, along with transport links including the A8 in Langbank and along the Ayrshire coastline, with rail travel likely to be affected.
“SEPA flood forecasters and flood warning officers will continue to monitor the situation 24/7, liaising with flooding emergency responders across the country. We would encourage the public to keep informed and take appropriate action to protect themselves and their property. Keep an eye on local weather and travel information, check the SEPA website for active Flood Alerts and Warnings or call SEPA's Floodline on 0845 988 1188, for the most up to date information in your area. Being aware is good, being prepared is better."