Flood Outlook statement (15:00)

  03 January 2014

The strong winds forecast for today will create a sizeable tidal surge this afternoon which, combined with high astronomic tides, is likely to result in significant coastal flooding impacts around the Solway Firth, Firth of Clyde, Argyll and Lochaber. Possible impacts may also extend up the North West coast and Shetland and Orkney during high tide periods on Friday evening.

This morning coastal areas in Western Isles were impacted with reports of flooding in Stornoway. There are high tides this evening and tomorrow which may see further impacts.

Flood Alerts have been issued for all western areas and islands, further information is available from our website and Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

The coastal threat may spread to the Northern Isles (high tide is around midnight tonight) and parts of the East coast, such as the Firth of Forth, on Saturday.

People are advised to stay safe and avoid coastal promenades as waves and spray will be overtopping on exposed areas.

Existing river levels impacts may be affected by the forecast rainfall today. SEPA is continuing to monitor the rivers and rainfall and will issue updates for rivers if necessary.