September 21, 2018, 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
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
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.
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
- 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 conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations