A weather warning has been issued for Tayside and Fife as the country prepares to be battered by winds of up to 70mph.
The Met Office said a period of “very windy” conditions could pose a danger to people, affect travel across Scotland and cause power cuts on Thursday.
The forecaster said the blustery weather may affect motorists as well as rail, air and ferry travel; with 50mph-60mph winds likely.
The Met Office warning also states that there is a “small chance” of “injuries and danger to life” in coastal areas as a result of large waves and beach material being “thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties”.
The organisation added that “flying debris” could also pose a risk to people and that buildings could be damaged.0.
The West Coast of Scotland is expected to be the worst affected area, with gusts of up to 70mph possible.
The warning is in effect from 3am until 3pm on Thursday.
The Met Office statement said: “A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure.
“The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day.
“Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50mph and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations.
“Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon. In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.”