Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:
There is a risk of surface water, river and coastal flooding across many parts of Scotland today. Overnight, we have seen cumulative rainfall of 20mm or more (up to 70 mm in West Highland). The heavy rainfall is clearing around midday.
“Storm force winds, along with a large surge, will lead to a risk of local impacts from coastal flooding throughout Friday along the south west, western isles, north and north east coast, and potential significant impacts in Caithness and Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. This may result in transport disruption and flooding of isolated properties in exposed coastal areas.
“Travel disruption and isolated property flooding may occur around high tide.
“Some river flooding is possible in Findhorn, Nairn, Moray and Speyside today. This may result in travel disruption, and surface water affecting communities. Localised river and surface water flooding is also possible during Friday in Easter Ross and Great Glen, Skye and Lochaber, Argyll and Bute, Central, and Tayside.
“The Met Office has forecast frequent snow showers and westerly gales on Saturday, however further rainfall will arrive later on Sunday.
“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.”