David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
Now that storm Abigail has passed to the North of Scotland the winds are dying down in all but the very North and the Northern Isles.
“Following last night’s storm surge along the south-west and western coastline, stormier conditions are expected to be largely confined to the north west, with areas of Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland, Skye and Lochaber likely to experience large waves, spray and wave overtopping along stretches of exposed coastline early this afternoon. Coastal flood impacts are also possible along the Moray coast and in Shetland, Orkney, through till Friday afternoon which may result in coastal roads and individual properties in coastal areas being affected.
“Looking ahead to the weekend, another weather system will push in from the west bringing very persistent rain through till later on Sunday. We expect this will cause flooding impacts from rivers and surface water to some properties and impact on travel where the rain is heaviest.
Areas worst affected are likely to be Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and western parts of the Scottish Borders where 40-60mm of rain is expected in the 24 hours from lunchtime on Saturday.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and post the latest flood updates on our website."
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/.