PHOTOS: Intense winds flare up in southern Ontario, minor floods occur

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PHOTOS: Intense winds flare up in southern Ontario, minor floods occur
PHOTOS: Intense winds flare up in southern Ontario, minor floods occur
PHOTOS: Intense winds flare up in southern Ontario, minor floods occur

A dynamic low-pressure system that brought soaking rains to southern Ontario overnight and early Friday morning is pushing out of the region leaving behind some powerful wind gusts in its wake.

While the rain has departed, pushing further into Quebec and Atlantic Canada, special weather statements continue to blanket southern Ontario due to the potentially damaging winds, with wind warnings for the Niagara region and along the Lake Erie shores.

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While widespread gusts of 60-90 km/h is anticipated for all of southern Ontario, which may cause power outages and damage. However, wind gusts of up to 100 km/h are possible for Niagara Region, southwestern Ontario and Picton County.

The strongest wind gusts are near the Port Colborne area. In fact, Port Colborne has already recorded a wind gust of 115 km/h, according to Environment Canada. The winds whipping across Lake Erie, combined with the earlier rainfall, have led to reports of flooding along some of the shorelines.

Crystal Beach/Mark Robinson
Crystal Beach/Mark Robinson

Crystal Beach flooding. Photo: Mark Robinson.

As well, some city streets in Port Dover were already completely submerged in water ahead of the early-morning drive.

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The system was forecast to bring as much as to 20-40 mm of rain for all of southern Ontario and southern Quebec before it moves out.

The winds are expected to remain blustery through the afternoon, posing a threat for damage and/or power outages, before diminishing in the evening.

Below are some of the visuals that have surfaced from the storm on social media.

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