Winds gusting up to 80 km/h will whip up large waves that could cause flooding along the Lake Erie shoreline in Chatham-Kent and Elgin County, according to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.

The wind is expected to hit the region by late afternoon and last until Wednesday — waves could build to two and three metres by midnight.

"Vulnerable areas will likely see localized flooding due to waves crashing against shoreline protection works spraying water up onto the land," stated Jason Wintermute.  "The predicted wind speeds and wave heights are similar to, or exceed, those that caused flooding earlier this year along Erie Shore Drive in Chatham-Kent."

Flooding, Erieau, Chatham-Kent

Part of Erie Shore Drive in Chatham-Kent was closed earlier this year because of flooding caused by strong winds. (Municipality of Chatham-Kent)

He added the wind is expected to last much longer than anything residents have seen this year, so those living near the lake should be prepared.

 "The waves can be strong and the shoreline slippery," said Wintermute. "There could also be hazardous debris within the waves and water."