More of the Same: Lake Flood Watch On Ontario Shore

This time, National Weather Service Also Warns of "Life Threatening" Waves

May 25, 2017 - 5:36 am
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While all of Western New York will see some rainfall Thursday, the high winds along the Lake Ontario shore could cause enough problems today that the National Weather Service has issued another round of warnings. 

The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for Lake Ontario extending across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. The warning goes from 8 this morning to early Friday morning.  The warning includes  a beach-hazards statement which advises against swimming in Lake Ontario during this time, because of the possibility of "life threatening waves and currents"

"This rain certainly won't help things, but (our warning) has nothing to do with what's falling now," says National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Hamilton.  "It's one hundred percent due to the wind direction. Wind direction and speed is the cause of this.  It's kind of like, you think about a hurricane coming up the coast and the water piles up on shore. It has nothing to do with how much rain is being generated by the hurricane, it's all a function of the wind and the wind speed."

Read the full bulletin below.
Related: Lake Ontario Homeowners Worried about Repairing Damage

Hear Hamilton on the WBEN Liveline:

 

From the National Weather Service: 

LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 2 AM EDT FRIDAY.

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING...

* LOCATIONS...LAKE ONTARIO SHORE OF NIAGARA, ORLEANS, AND MONROE COUNTIES.

* LAKE SHORE FLOODING: THE COMBINATION OF HIGH LAKE LEVELS BRISK NORTHEAST WINDS AND HIGHER WAVES WILL RESULT IN FLOODING AND SHORELINE EROSION ALONG THE LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINE.

* TIMING: THE BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS IN EFFECT FROM EARLY THIS MORNING THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING. THE LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM EARLY THIS MORNING THROUGH OVERNIGHT TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...FLOODING IN LOW LYING FLOOD PRONE AREAS ALONG THE IMMEDIATE LAKE SHORE...AND IN BAYS AND INLETS. WAVE ACTION WILL RESULT IN SHORELINE AND BEACH EROSION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING MEANS LAKESHORE FLOODING IS OCCURRING, IS IMMINENT, OR IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR. PEOPLE IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. LISTEN TO LOCAL RADIO...TELEVISION...OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION.

A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THERE IS A HIGH SWIM RISK. THIS MEANS LIFE THREATENING WAVES AND CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED. STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND STAY AWAY FROM DANGEROUS AREAS LIKE PIERS AND BREAKWALLS.

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