The Met Office issued a red rain alert warning residents the torrential downpours could cause a danger to life from fast flowing or deep floodwater.
The alert, which is in place from 6pm Thursday until midday the following day, could cause some areas to see 200-250 mm of rain.
The weather service also added that flooding to homes and businesses is expected, collapsed or damaged buildings or structures and communities completely cut off, perhaps for several days.
Travel chaos is also set to be an issue as many roads may close as well as public transport cancellations.
Areas affected include Central, Tayside & Fife and Grampian.
The Met Office wrote: “There is now high confidence in exceptional rainfall falling across southeast Grampian, particularly the uplands of Angus and south Aberdeenshire.
“100-150 mm of rain is expected to fall widely within 24 hours with some locations likely to see 200-250 mm of rain which is expected to cause considerable impacts both where it falls and lower lying areas further east.”
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