Mark McLaughlin, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
“Following on from the disruption caused by ex-hurricane Ophelia earlier this week, another area of low pressure is moving in overnight which brings more heavy showers, high winds and a strong tidal surge to South West Scotland.
“Storm Brian is currently moving across Ireland and is expected to cause another strong tidal surge in the Solway Firth around high tide (between mid-day to mid-afternoon) on Saturday.
“A Flood Alert has been issued for Dumfries and Galloway to highlight that the surge is likely to cause overtopping along exposed coastal areas. Impacts are expected to involve localised flooding in known flood risk areas and the public are advised to be mindful of these conditions and avoid exposed coastal transport routes.
“The current risk from river flooding remains low over the weekend, however dependent on where the heaviest showers land, smaller watercourses and rivers have the potential to cause disruption to low-lying agricultural areas. The heaviest downpours are forecast to impact on Dumfries and Galloway, the Isle of Arran and the Kintyre Peninsula primarily. Surface water and difficult driving conditions are also possible due to the combined effects of heavy rain and strong winds.
“As always, our forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and will provide targeted flood alerts and warnings if required to ensure advance warning is provided on potential flooding in local areas. The most up-to-date flood messages are always available on our live flood updates page of the SEPA website.
“We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant, especially in areas susceptible to flooding and sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188, or via our website, for the most up to date alerts and warnings.
“As the national flood forecasting and flood warning authority, we work in close partnership with the Met Office through the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service, to provide daily updates to local authorities and first responders on the potential for flooding across Scotland.”