St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls facing ‘widespread utility outages’ due to heavy winds

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Published December 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

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The public utility for St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and the surrounding region is warning of “widespread” power outages on Saturday, when gale-force winds are expected.

Environment Canada has issued two weather advisories for Niagara Region, one for rain that will be “at times heavy” on Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. But there is also an advisory regarding strong winds, gusting between 100 and 120 km/h. Those are are expected to last from Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.

Both warnings apply to Niagara Falls and Welland in Southern Niagara Region, and St. Catharines and Grimsby in Northern Niagara Region.

The cause of the anticipated 20- to 40-millimetre rainfall is a low-pressure system that is forecast to track northeast across the Great Lakes.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Residents should also watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

A cold front is also projected to sweep through southern Ontario in the wake of the storm system, which will bring strong winds.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur.

Residents are advised to store or anchor objects so they are not tossed by the wind causing injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.

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