100 KM/H + South West Winds Hit Lake Erie Shoreline
By Stephen Corke
With the LPRCA reporting the month of March to have the highest water levels on Laker Erie since 1998, combined with strong south west winds on Wednesday April 4th, 2018, gusting up to and over 100 KM/H, there were many flood warnings in effect along the North Eastern sections of Lake Erie's shoreline.
At the peak of the strong winds, the southwesterly flow created a seiche on Lake Erie, thrusting the lake waters eastward and raising the lake level by several feet. The water level on the eastern end of Lake Erie had risen by 3 feet, while the western end had dropped by more than 5 feet, according to The Weather Channel's Tom Niziol.
I have included a time-lapse of pictures below showing the water surging on April 4th, underneath my dock at Corke Point on Hastings Drive, Long point. Based on where the camera is located, I can assume the waves coming in ranged from 4 to 6 feet in height. The dock and boat lift stayed dry as the water surged underneath. The newly replaced shoreline protection of cedar posts did it's job very well in protecting the land from the water surge. After visiting the property that weekend there was no damage to the dock or the property. Some sand was taken away underneath the dock, making the boat launch a little steeper now.
Some long-time neighbours compared this storm to the power of the 1985 storm saying it was "very similar", which in 1985 damaged many cottages on Hastings Drive, including my grandfathers.
Lake Erie Shoreline Prepares for Flooding
John / AM1380
April 3, 2018 - A flood watch has been issued for the entire Lake Erie shoreline. The Long Point Region Conservation Authority says strong southwest winds are expected to cause water levels to rise early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is currently forecasting surge levels to reach 2.3 metres at Port Colborne and 1.75 metres at Long Point. Spokesperson Matt Churly says if the surge level is reached, some flooding can be expected in low lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline. He says water levels are expected to peak between tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and early afternoon. The LPRCA says people are urged to use caution or stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elected water levels. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas. The Flood Watch is in effect until noon Thursday.
High Winds pushing Lake Erie ice pack over the boom; flash flood watch issued
T.J. Pignataro and Aaron Besecker and Harold McNeil
April 4, 2018 - A sharp cold front associated with a strong storm system will lower the boom on the Buffalo Niagara region today. Winds gusting up to 65 mph are possible and strong winds have been knocking down trees and power lines. The weather service had a high wind warning in effect for all of Western New York until 8 p.m. It runs until 11 p.m. in Niagara and Orleans counties.
Flood Watch in Place
JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer
April 5, 2018 - High winds brought rising water levels to the shores of Lake Erie on Wednesday. Parts of Harbour and Walker streets in Port Dover were barricaded as water filtered over the pier and onto sections of pavement. While Wednesday's low pressure system that caused high water levels on Lake Erie has passed, residents are still being asked to practise caution near the water. The LPRCA has issued a flood watch for municipalities along the shoreline. It will stay in effect until Saturday at noon.
Power cut to over 200,000 as damaging winds whip northeastern US, Ontario
Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 05, 2018 - Strong winds howled across part of the northeastern United States and Ontario on Wednesday, leaving thousands without power and causing widespread travel disruptions. The damaging winds arrived in the wake of a departing storm that spread rain and snow across the region earlier in the week. Over 200,000 electric customers were left without power in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio on Wednesday afternoon as winds brought down trees and power lines across the region. A truck tipped over near Rochester, New York, on Wednesday afternoon. The person in the vehicle was taken to a local hospital. (Photo/Rochester NYFD) One fatality was reported by law enforcement near Plessis, New York, after a sugar shack collapsed amid strong winds. Winds brought down other structures in the area, including a barn near Theresa, New York, where animals were taking shelter when the collapse occurred. The wind direction also lead to flooding along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, causing some lakeshore roads to temporarily close.