Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
“A combination of exceptionally strong winds and tidal surge in the Atlantic is expected to produce unusually high tides and large waves along the west coast of Scotland over the next few days. While the coastal flood risk for today (Monday 8 December) is forecast to be low, high water levels and waves are likely to affect the western and northern coastlines of Orkney.
“From Tuesday onwards, the risk of coastal flooding is expected to impact on north western coastlines, especially Caithness, Sutherland and the Western Isles, with residual impacts likely to affect Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The potential for very large waves and tidal surges could result in localised flooding to roads, causeways and individual properties from spray and wave overtopping.
“Impacts are expected to continue throughout the week, with Wednesday forecast to experience the largest waves and greatest impacts. Strong to gale force winds will accompany the tidal surge and may lead to increased spray and wave overtopping.
“Eastern stretches of coastline may also experience smaller surges and isolated instances of localised flooding due to high tides.
“We would strongly encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling, especially along more exposed coastal areas. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area via our website, and sign up to the Floodline direct warning service by calling 0345 988 1188.”