BC Storm updates: Heavy rain, wind to slam the south coast

BC Storm updates: Heavy rain, wind to slam the south coast

Heavy rain and wind are expected across Metro Vancouver on Friday, so check back here for the latest BC storm updates and developments.

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Nothing marks a change of seasons like a good storm.

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Heavy rain and wind is expected across BC South Coast on Friday, with up to 80 millimeters of rain expected in some parts of Metro Vancouver.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a rain warning on Friday morning, saying higher altitudes such as the North Shore and Howe Sound are likely to see more rain than other parts of the region and gusts of up to 80 km / h.

Come back here during the day for the latest weather updates and developments.


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Latest storm news and updates

BC South Coast is bracing itself for heavy rain as the season’s first storm hits

The first storm of the season for BC’s south coast is going to pack a concentrated blow.

Environment Canada issued a precipitation warning Friday morning warning of heavy rain and strong winds as a rugged front system crosses the region, bringing up to 80 millimeters of rain to Metro Vancouver and possibly more to higher altitudes.

“This one is a little off the charts in the sense that it will happen over a day or half a day,” said meteorologist Doug Lundquist of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Weakened trees and La Niña can mean several hurricane disruptions: BC Hydro

BC Hydro warns that drought-weakened trees combined with stormy La Niña weather conditions could result in more power outages in the fall and winter.

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In a report released Friday, the day a rain and wind storm hits Metro Vancouver, BC Hydro meteorologists predict that this summer’s record high temperatures in BC could mean a new accumulation of dead and weakened trees that could be a risk to electrical infrastructure.

La Niña is expected to bring colder, wetter and windy weather to the west coast in the fall and winter, and that combined with drought-weakened trees could result in the perfect storm for disruptions, the report said.

The summer of 2021 was the hottest summer on record in most parts of BC and resulted in severe drought – weakening tree roots, wood and soil, leaving them more susceptible to failure.

BC Hydro says its two most damaging storms were caused by a drought in the summer of 2015 and a drought followed by unusually heavy rainfall in 2018. The 2015 summer storm caused over 710,000 interruptions and lasted several days.

BC Hydro advises customers to prepare for what could be a challenging storm season with a well-stocked emergency kit that includes:

  • flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • non-perishable food and
    water.

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