The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch for areas along the Lake Erie shoreline where strong winds are expected.
Environment Canada issued a strong wind warning for western Lake Erie. The winds are forecast to begin Thursday and last through Saturday. Sustained winds will range between 20 and 35 km/h with gusts of up to 50 km/h, the agency said.
“Winds are generally expected to remain from an easterly direction but may switch to be northeasterly or southeasterly throughout,” the LTVCA said. “Wave heights on Lake Erie are expected to build from half a metre to 1.5 metres by Friday evening.”
While winds are out of the east, they will drive waves onto the Lake Erie shoreline throughout Chatham-Kent and Elgin County.
“There is a risk that wave action could damage shoreline protection works and cause erosion all along the shoreline, including along the high bluff areas,” the LTVCA said. “There could also be flooding in low-lying shoreline areas.”