Nigel Goody, SEPA's Duty Flood Manager, said:
“Following heavy thunderstorms overnight SEPA has a number of Flood Alerts in place and Flood Warnings in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Tayside. Small watercourses responded rapidly to the intense rainfall and localised impacts from these watercourses and small river catchments have been reported in East Lothian, Fife, Perth, and Stonehaven. A number of properties have been flooded in all the areas mentioned and a number of schools and roads have also been closed due to these floods.
“There is a Met Office Weather Warning in place from 15:00 this afternoon until 21:00 tonight which indicates the potential for further thunderstorms across parts of Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, Ayrshire and the Central Highlands. Although heavy and slow moving, they have the potential to cause localised surface water issues but are expected to be more isolated and not causing the type of issues suffered overnight.
“There is still a great deal of travel disruption on the roads and rail services across Eastern Scotland so please check with the relevant outlets before you travel.
“The weather is expected to improve throughout the day, however keep up to date with live flooding information by visiting www.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates.”