Nigel Goody, 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 gales to Scotland from tomorrow evening into Friday. As a result we are paying close attention to the modelled forecast runs for exposed areas of the West coast. The storm surge that these winds will create is expected to coincide with the midnight high tides in the Solway Firth and Clyde. This may cause spray and wave over-topping, we will have more detail tomorrow.
“SEPA works closely with the Met Office, using their forecast information to inform our modelling. Another model run will be undertaken tomorrow morning using more up-to-date data and any updates will be communicated after that. Flood alerts and warnings will be posted on our website and this is where you will always get the most up-to-date information.
“The Solway Coast has a new flood warning scheme, and there is also a warning scheme for the Clyde, so we’re encouraging people to sign up to receive free flood messages direct to their phone via 0345 988 1188 or online. Of course anyone in Scotland can sign up to receive messages for their area, so take the time to do it now.
“We’re also seeing some early indications of heavy rainfall over the weekend, we will continue to monitor this closely and issue further messages accordingly.”
Yesterday 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/