Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Flood Manager for SEPA, said:
Unsettled conditions may result in coastal and river flooding impacts across many areas, specifically the west and south west of Scotland during today and Saturday.
Strong winds and high astronomical tides will create a combination of storm surge and wave impacts for coastal areas in the south and west, including the Solway coast, the Firth of Clyde, Argyll and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar during today and into the early hours of Saturday morning. Flood impacts are also possible in Orkney, Moray Firth and Shetland during this period.
This is likely to cause wave and spray over-topping, resulting in disruption to travel and flooding of minor roads, causeways and, potentially, isolated coastal properties. In the south west the highest risk is at high water times around midday Friday and midnight Friday into Saturday. In the Western Isles the highest risk is around early morning and early evening on Saturday.
Some localised river flooding in the Highlands north of the Great Glen is possible late on Friday and into Saturday. This may result in travel disruption due to flooding of low lying land and roads, and possible flooding of isolated properties.
SEPA is working 24/7 to monitor rainfall, river and coastal levels, and is in close contact with the Met Office and other partners to review the forecasts and flood alerts and warnings.
We encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and follow the advice of emergency services. The most up-to-date flood messages are always available on SEPA’s website and via our Floodline service on 0345 988 1188.
People can also report and check flooding impacts in their area using Report-a-Flood at www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/report-a-flood/