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Winds bring Lakeshore Flood Warning for Wayne County

May 20, 2019

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The National Weather Service has issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning for parts of Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties from 5:00 p.m. on Monday until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

The weather service says that the combination of very high lake levels and moderate westerly winds will result in greater wave action and an increase in lakeshore flooding potential on the eastern portion of Lake Ontario. Winds are forecasted to be in the range of 14 to 22mph, with gusts over 30mph possible.

News 8 Meteorologist Josh Nichols says that the lakeshore flooding potential will be higher due to those winds, especially for some of the bays and inlets.

Lake Ontario levels in recent have been about two feet above the historic average for this time of year, with the possibility it could still rise further in the next couple of weeks.

A number of communities along the lakeshore have taken precautions, including stockpiling sandbags, hoping to avoid a repeat of the damage that happened in 2017.

The National Weather Service has also issued a 'beach hazards statement' for Monroe, Orleans and Niagara counties from 1:00 p.m. Monday through Tuesday afternoon due to strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions.