A FLOOD alert has been issued for Inverclyde.

This alert is for coastal flooding, issued this morning by Greenock Coastguard, says it expects high tides and large waves will affect coastal areas on Friday afternoon and evening.

The Met Office has placed Inverclyde on a yellow weather warning with heavy rain and gusts of up to 40mph expected later today and into tomorrow.

The main warning comes ahead of high tide in the Clyde which could see large waves batter flood barriers and low-lying roads affected. 

High tide is expected to peak at around 2.30pm this afternoon, with anticipated disruption to continue into the evening and possibly the weekend. 

Experts have warned that impacts could include flooding to low-lying land and roads, as well as spray and wave overtopping around this time. 

Coastal areas like Inverclyde are expected to be hit worst by Storm Erik. 

In a statement SEPA confirmed that they are continuing to monitor the siutation. 

They said: "SEPA will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will appear here if the situation changes.

"Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.

"Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.  

"This flood alert is now in force until further notice."