Update: Environment Canada has issued a wind warning across Chatham-Kent, as strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

Strong winds are expected this afternoon into Wednesday morning, forecasters say.

“Southwesterly winds with gusts up to 90 km/h have already developed in regions near Lake Erie shoreline. Strong southwesterly winds with gusts up to 100 km/h will continue to develop late this afternoon and will gradually weaken before Wednesday morning.”

“Local power outages are also possible. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.”

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Original story: A special weather statement has been issued, as strong winds are expected this afternoon and evening across Chatham-Kent.

Forecasters say strong southwesterly winds with gusts up to 80 km/h are expected to develop this afternoon and continue into this evening.

“The strong winds are forecast to gradually weaken overnight,” Environment Canada officials stated.

“Loose objects and tree branches may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Local power outages are also possible.”

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada, officials say.

To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.