Strong winds and waves could cause problems along the Lake Huron shoreline
An intense low pressure system will move across the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds today (Monday, November 26, 2018), bringing with it high winds. Strong northwest winds are expected to begin this evening and are forecast to remain strong through Tuesday, before diminishing early Wednesday. Maximum sustained wind speeds of 40km/hr with gusts up to 70km/hr are forecast with this event.
The strong winds, combined with above-normal long-term average water levels on Lake Huron will result in higher than normal waves hitting shoreline areas.
The increased wave height may result in minor flooding of low-lying coastal areas, as well as increased risk of erosion to lakeshore bluffs.
Residents and municipal officials are reminded to stay well back from breaking waves, and also to approach top-of-bluff areas with caution, during and immediately after the storm, in case there has been any movement of the lake bank.
This message will remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, unless local conditions warrant further updates. Maitland Conservation will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide an update if required.
Jeff Winzenried, Water Resources Technician