Rain, wind, and flood warnings have been issued as the remnants of hurricane Patricia move across southern Ontario today.
The only warning in effect right now for London-Middlesex, and the surrounding area, is a rainfall warning. A wind warning has been issued for Elgin County.
Forecasters predicted a “large shield of rain” in advance of the system they said would push into southwestern Ontario overnight.
The London area is expected to receive between 45 and 55 millimetres of rain by Wednesday evening, with the heaviest rain expected mid-to-late morning. It’s likely we’ll easily set a new rainfall record for this day. The current record for most rainfall on October 28th in London was back in 1947 when 17.5 millimetres was recorded.
The AM980-Gerrie Electric Storm Centre is keeping a close watch on this system as it advances, and you can monitor the latest weather radar for the London region by clicking here.
Don’t forget, AM980 has traffic and weather updates every 10 minutes during your morning and afternoon drive with non-stop local news in between.
The incoming rain and wind is the result of a fall storm which developed over the American Midwest, merged with moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, and tracked toward the Great Lakes.
In addition to heavy rain, expected to last into Wednesday night, wind gusts up to 70 kilometres an hour are likely in most areas. Even stronger winds are possible near the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, where gusts may approach 90 km/h.
Residents can report flooded streets, basements, or downed trees and branches by contacting the city at 519-661-4570 (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or 519-661-4965 outside normal operating hours.
Downed power lines, tree limbs on lines, sparking electrical equipment, and power outages can be reported via London Hydro’s 24/7 emergency number at 519-661-5555.
Once this system clears out late Wednesday night, the forecast for Thursday calls for a partly cloudy sky, and only a slight risk of scattered showers, with a high of 8.
Friday should be dry, under a mix of sun and cloud, with a high of 9.