• Strong Wind Warning issued for western Lake Erie due to strong winds forecasted today through Wednesday
• Record high water levels on both Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair
• Risk of flooding along Erie Shore Drive and other south and west facing flood prone areas on Lake Erie
• Risk of erosion and damage to shoreline protection works
Environment Canada’s Marine Forecast has issued a Strong Wind Warning for Lake Erie due to predicted strong winds later today, lasting through Wednesday. This evening, winds from the southwest are expected to rise above 30 km/hr. Throughout the day on Tuesday, southwest winds are forecasted to be between 25 and 30 km/hr and on Wednesday between 20 and 30 km/hr. Winds are predicted to be stronger over the open water. Wind forecasts can be inconsistent and periods of even higher winds could be expected over this period. The waves generated by these winds will add on to the already record high water levels. Waves on Lake Erie could reach 1.5 m in height this evening or overnight, and 1 m waves could be expected on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to the winds, forecasts are calling for up to 20 mm of rain this evening.
Due to the high lake levels on Lake Erie, and predicted wind and wave action, there is a risk of flooding this evening through Wednesday along Erie Shore Drive and other south and west facing flood prone shoreline areas. There is also an increased risk of shoreline erosion and damage to shoreline protection works in these areas. The winds on Lake St. Clair are expected to be offshore in Essex County so there is less risk for the Lighthouse Cove area. However, the rainfall predicted for this evening could impact shoreline communities on both lakes. The groundwater table is high due to the lake levels and the ground can’t absorb any more water. Local watercourses in these areas are already full of lake water and can’t take any more. Any water from upstream making its way downstream into these areas could cause additional flooding. Residents in these areas should be prepared, pay attention to changing weather forecasts and local conditions.
People should take extra caution and avoid the shoreline and any waterways with elevated water levels. The waves on the lakes can be strong, and the shoreline and the banks of waterways can be slippery. There could also be hazardous debris within the waves and water which could be thrown onto the shoreline. Standing water can also present unseen hazards. Children and animals should be kept away from the water.
Officials will continue to monitor the situation and update this advisory if necessary.
This message will be in effect until June 27, 2019.
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