Scotland’s coastal communities have been urged to brace themselves for flooding today and for the rest of this week.
The Met Office issued amber ‘be prepared’ warnings for much of the West Coast of Scotland as gales battered the region.
And the Scottish Environment Protection Agency urged vigilance around the country’s coastline as tidal surges swept in.
Richard Brown, head of hydrology for SEPA, said: “Exceptionally strong winds and tidal surge in the Atlantic continues to produce unusually high tides and large waves along the north and west coast of Scotland.
“The effects of the storm are expected to subside slowly but continue overnight into Thursday and Friday this week with a risk of flooding from wave overtopping and spray, before conditions start to ease substantially over the weekend.
“The Moray coast and Eastern stretches of coastline may also experience smaller surges and isolated instances of localised flooding due to high tides.”