Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
“Exceptionally strong winds and tidal surge in the Atlantic are expected to produce unusually high tides and large waves along the west coast of Scotland over the next few days.
“From today (Tuesday 9 December) onwards, the greatest risk of coastal flooding is expected to impact on north and west coastlines, especially Caithness, Sutherland, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Isles. Impacts are also likely to affect Argyll and Bute, Firth of Clyde, Clyde estuary and Dumfries and Galloway. The potential for strong to gale force winds, very large waves and tidal surges could result in localised flooding to roads, coastal pathways, causeways and individual properties from spray and wave overtopping.
“The Scottish Flood Forecasting Service predicts impacts are expected to continue throughout the week, with Wednesday forecast to experience the largest waves and greatest impacts due to the strength of tidal surges. There is a risk of significant flood impacts from wave overtopping and spray during this time, before large waves begin to lessen on Thursday.
“The Moray coast and 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.”