Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
Heavy downpours across south west and central areas of Scotland today are expected to cause river levels to rise with the potential for localised flooding and surface water issues on road networks and urban areas. The area’s most likely to be affected are Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire, Argyle and Bute, Stirlingshire, Tayside and Angus during today, with rainfall totals of up to 80mm expected over the next twenty-four hours. In these areas, there is the potential for significant local disruptions affecting communities and the transport network, in particular this afternoon and overnight.
“Areas of the Borders, Fife and South Aberdeenshire may also see minor disruption in low lying areas, as much of the rain will continue to move north and eastwards overnight into Friday, affecting mainly the transport network and vulnerable agricultural land.
“Strong gale force winds and tidal surges are also expected in along the south west and north east coastlines throughout the day and overnight which may result in isolated instances of wave overtopping.
“We would encourage people to remain vigilant and be mindful of the conditions in their locality and when travelling. Members of the public can access the latest flood updates for their area, and sign up to Floodline, our direct warning service, via our website, or by calling 0345 988 1188.”