Pascal Lardet, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:
There is a risk of flooding during Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning along the Moray Firth and south east coastal areas. Gale force winds are expected to become northwesterly during Thursday before easing on Friday.
"A combination of high tides and storm surge will result in a risk of flooding in some coastal communities along the Firth of Forth, East Lothian, Scottish Borders, Moray and North Aberdeenshire coast from this afternoon and into Friday morning. Other areas of the Aberdeenshire coast (south of Aberdeen) may also be affected by local wave and spray overtopping. "SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and would encourage the public to 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 on their area."