Storm season is lurking.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the west coast of Vancouver Island on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
“A series of vigorous frontal systems will move across the south coast of BC tonight through Saturday. They will bring periods of heavy rain and strong winds in the first active storm cycle of the fall season,” the statement reads. “The first system arrives on Vancouver Island tonight, and will spread to the mainland before Wednesday morning and continue through Thursday.”
Future radar indicating some heavy #rain is on its way to the B.C. south coastal regions. 50-100 mm of rain expected in this, the first wave of heavy rain this week, for some of the harder hit areas (#Tofino, #HoweSound, #NorthShore). Another blast arrives Friday-Sunday. #BCstorm pic.twitter.com/PeaWAP1PUm
— Chris Murphy TWN (@MurphTWN) September 22, 2020
While heavy rainfall is expected across the province over the next two days, Environment Canada is predicting roughly 100 millimetres to pelt Tofino-Ucluelet compared to 15-40 millimetres in other parts of the Island.
“This system will also bring strong southeast winds to the west coast of Vancouver Island Tuesday night, with winds of 60 to 80 km/h. As the system progresses, winds across the Strait of Georgia and surrounding regions will peak early Wednesday morning at 50 to 70 km/h,” the statement reads. “The combination of heavy rain with leaves on the ground may lead to localized flooding. Strong winds may also lead to power outages.”
Residents are asked to report severe weather to Environment Canada through email at BCstorm@canada.ca or Twitter using the hashtag #BCStorm.