Pascal Lardet, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Flood Unit, said:
Heavy and persistent rainfall is forecast by the Met Office to affect most of Scotland from late evening today and into Friday morning, with severe gales also developing by Friday morning.
“We expect some river and surface water flooding across many areas from late Thursday evening and into Friday. Flooding may affect communities, low lying land and roads, and cause travel disruption in Easter Ross and Great Glen, Skye and Lochaber, Tayside, Argyll and Bute, Central, West Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders.
“Given the saturated ground conditions and flooding already experienced this week, there is a risk of significant surface water flooding affecting communities in western parts of the Scottish Borders and in Dumfries and Galloway during Friday morning.
“There is also a risk of coastal flooding, from Friday morning on the west coast to late afternoon on the south east coast, at times of high tides due to a combination of predicted surge and high waves affecting the whole of the Scottish coastline.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and the latest updates will be available on the live flood updates page of the SEPA website. We also encourage people to sign up for free flood messages direct to their phone by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or via our website. Members of the public can also use the recently launched Report–a-Flood tool to inform us of flooding incidents. SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities informed of the areas most affected. Please note that Report-a-Flood is purely for information sharing and cannot be used to report problems, ask questions or report emergencies. Emergency situations should always be reported to the emergency services.”