Marc Becker, Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
Following on from Wednesday’s turbulent weather, the severity of both wind and waves are due to lessen throughout Thursday, although strong winds in the Atlantic will continue to produce large waves along the north and west coast of Scotland, including the Northern Isles.
“There remains a risk of coastal flooding from wave overtopping and spray along the coastlines of Caithness, Sutherland, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Isles, which could result in localised impacts on roads, coastal pathways, causeways and individual properties. There may also be lesser impacts affecting Argyll and Bute, Firth of Clyde, Clyde estuary and Dumfries and Galloway.
“Overnight into Friday the risk of flooding is expected to subside further, however winds are likely to remain strong at times which may result in further localised and minor wave overtopping and spray.
“Although the situation is improving, 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.”