Mark McLaughlin, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
“As Storm Brian moves slowly across the Irish sea throughout today, we have issued six Flood Warnings along the Solway Coast, which highlight the potential for localised flooding impacts due to a strong tidal surge around high tide (between mid-day to mid-afternoon). An improving picture is expected from mid-afternoon onwards, as the bulk of the storm moves across Northern parts of England and out into the North Sea during the early hours of Sunday morning.
“The surge is likely to cause wave overtopping along more exposed coastal areas, with impacts expected to involve localised flooding in known flood risk areas. Coupled with the strong winds and heavy rainfall which Storm Brian brings with it, the public are advised to be mindful of these conditions and avoid exposed coastal transport routes where possible.
“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.”