Highest tides in two years sparks a flood alert for Moray coastline

Coastal communities warning

Moray’s coastal communities are being warned to prepare for a period of exceptionally high tides that could lead to flooding.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issued a caution on Thursday saying that there was the potential for disruption with localised flooding possible along the east coast.

Experts are anticipating that throughout the weekend high tides are expected to spread south with predictions that by Monday the worst hit areas will be in the south-west and north-east.

A SEPA spokesman said: “The risk is particularly relevant to low-lying coastal communities in Aberdeenshire, Nairn, Moray and Speyside due to high tides in the Moray Firth area.

“We would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and be mindful of conditions in their locality and when travelling.”

The areas covered by the warning will are facing their highest tides in almost three years brought about by an unusual alignment of the sun, earth and moon. This is known as the “syzygy effect” and result in a much higher gravitational pull on oceans.

The public can keep up to date on flood warning by visiting the SEPA flood risk website.

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