David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
Storm Abigail, the first storm named as part of the Met Office’s Name our Storms Project, will bring severe south-westerly gales to Scotland from Thursday evening into Friday morning.
“The weather system will create a storm surge that is due to coincide with high tide on Thursday evening into the early hours of Friday morning along the south-west and west coast. This, combined with the high winds, is likely to result in spray and wave overtopping along the exposed coastline in Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran, West Central Scotland, and Argyll and Bute, which may impact roads and properties in coastal areas.
“Coastal flood impacts are also possible along the Moray coast and in Shetland, Orkney, Skye and Lochaber, Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland, and the Western Isles during Friday morning. Large waves could lead to impacts at high tide which may result in coastal roads and individual properties in coastal areas being affected by spray and wave overtopping.
“Looking ahead to the weekend, there are early indications of potential flooding impacts in south-west Scotland and the western central belt from rivers, and surface water from the heavy rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and post the latest flood updates on our website. The Solway Coast has a new flood warning scheme, and there is also a warning scheme for the Firth of Clyde, so we’re encouraging people to sign up to receive free flood messages direct to their phone via our website or by calling 0345 988 1188. Of course anyone in Scotland can sign up to receive messages for their area, so take the time to do it now."
Earlier this week SEPA launched ‘Report–a-Flood’ to enable members of the public to share information on current flooding issues in order to help reduce the disruption flooding can have on people’s lives and make communities more resilient. People can report incidents of flooding, whether from sea, rivers or in towns using the tool and SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities moving.
The Scottish Government’s annual Ready for Winter campaign provides the public with a range of advice and information on preparing for winter weather. Further information is available at www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/severe-weather/.