Storm Brendan - flooding outlook Tuesday 14 January 2020

  14 January 2020

The effects of Storm Brendan continue to be felt by Scotland’s coastal communities with an unusual and dangerous combination of high tide, storm surge and inshore waves. Overnight we have seen the highest sea levels in 15 years along parts of the west coast, bringing property flooding and road closures.

Today (Tuesday 14 January) we are placing a particular focus on communities around the Ayrshire coast, Orkney, the Moray Firth, and along the east coast of Aberdeenshire and Angus. There is also risk of coastal flooding of road and rail routes in all Scotland’s coastal areas. The period of greatest risk is around high tides, and timings can be found in the Flood Alerts and Warnings at

These conditions can be dangerous. Follow the advice of the emergency services. Be aware of the most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings via our website and Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Advice on how to be prepared for flooding, for your home, business and travel is available from

What are Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings?

We use forecast weather information provided by the Met Office combined with our own observation of rainfall and river levels and advanced hydrological modelling to provide advance warning of flooding.

Regional Flood Alerts are early advice that flooding is possible across a wider geographical area. The purpose of the Alerts is to make people aware of the risk of flooding and be prepared. We normally issue them 12 to 24 hours in advance of the possibility of flooding.

Flood Warnings are more locally specific and are issued for areas where we have gauges on rivers to measure the exact river height. They are issued at shorter notice when we are more certain that a specific area will be affected.