“The entire southern half of the province is just plastered in warnings.”
Rainfall and wind warnings are in effect for the south coast as a major storm moves in.
“We’ve already seen rain, and it’s only going to get heavier as the day goes onward.”
Environment Canada Meteorologist Matt MacDonald says 70 km/h winds are expected today, along with 40 millimetres rain in downtown Vancouver and up to 70 millimetres on the North Shore.
“Tonight, yet some more rain, an additional 40 millimetres, and tomorrow, guess what? Some more rain.”
MacDonald says this storm’s impacts will likely be different from the one that battered Metro Vancouver at the end of August, because this time the trees won’t be full and stressed by a summer drought.
Still, we can expect localized flooding, and quite a bit of wind.
But after this summer’s storm, BC Hydro isn’t taking any chances.
Spokesperson Simi Heer says crews are prepared should wind knock down any trees or power lines.
“We do have plans to ensure we’re ready to respond if the storm does hit pretty bad. We’ve got the right people in place, we’ve got damage assessors, wire guards, and crews on standby. We also have the ability to call in extra people if needed.”
She adds Hydro has pre-deployed some crews to areas that are harder to access in case of any power outages.
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Swelling rivers pose risk
The BC River Forecast Centre is urging you to take caution near swelling rivers.
Dave Campbell says it’s issued a high stream flow advisory for the Chilliwack River, and rivers that flow through the North Shore and Howe Sound.
“As we go overnight into tomorrow, and even into mid-day tomorrow, we expect to see fairly reasonable flows through the creeks and the watersheds around the South Coast.”
The good news? Campbell says he doesn’t expect it to get bad enough to issue any flood warnings.