Mark McLaughlin, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:
“Storm Caroline will bring high winds, a strong tidal surge and some heavy showers to areas of Scotland. This means we have issued Flood Alerts and Warnings due to the potential for flooding in a number of areas around the coast over today (Wednesday) and tomorrow.
“The greatest impacts are expected to be spray and wave overtopping which could see flooding to low-lying areas and at risk properties on exposed sections of coastline. Travel disruption is also likely in these areas.
“This will affect the Solway Firth coast on Wednesday and Thursday, and the Ayrshire coast on Thursday. This disruption is likely around the high tides, which occur on Wednesday at 1300 and Thursday at 0200 and 1400.
“Thursday brings very large waves and a storm surge to the coast from Oban to Wick, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. High tides are again when disruption is most likely. These are due at Oban and Fort William at 0800, Ullapool, Stornoway and Kinlockbervie at 0900 and the Northern Isles between 1300 and 1400.
“On the Moray Firth coast and in the Firths of Forth and Tay, isolated minor disruption is possible at afternoon and early evening tides on Thursday but the storm surge is greatly weakened and the waves will be much lower.
“The main impact from Storm Caroline is the strength of the winds, which are causing the storm surge – but due to persistent rain across parts of North West Scotland we may see isolated flooding to low-lying land, roads and in other known trouble spots on Wednesday and into Thursday morning.
“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 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.”