KCCA cautions residents of Port Stanley to be aware of strong winds
For immediate release
St. Thomas, Ontario – Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement coupled with a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the region. Additionally, a Strong Wind Warning and Squall Watch is in effect for western Lake Erie due to predicted high winds developing ahead of a cold front this afternoon. KCCA is issuing a Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety for the Lake Erie shoreline and in particular for residents of Port Stanley.
Weather forecasts are calling for strong winds from the southwest today and early this evening before shifting to the northwest and diminishing to north overnight. Sustained winds could reach 45 km/hr with gusts up to 100 km/hr during thunderstorm activity. Environment Canada’s Marine Forecast is predicting wave heights to build from one to one and a half meters this morning before subsiding overnight.
Southwesterly winds will be driving waves onto the Lake Erie shoreline in Port Stanley and Elgin County. The risk of flooding is dependent on wind speed and direction. However, current conditions suggest that there could be minor flooding along the shoreline.
People should take extra caution and avoid the shoreline. The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery. There could also be hazardous debris within the waves and water.
Updates will be made available if conditions warrant. This water conditions statement – water safety will remain in effect until Saturday, September 22, 2018. For further updates log on to www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority socially on Twitter @KettleCreekCA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KettleCreekCa.
Public Relations Supervisor
The Kettle Creek Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages:
- Watershed Conditions Statement: a general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. There are two variations of these:
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected
- Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
- Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
- Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood co