Environment Canada has ended a wind warning for Metro Vancouver.
It comes after a powerful windstorm bringing wind gusts of up to 90 km/h pounded the South Coast.
At its peak, more than 17,000 BC Hydro customers had no power, and thousands of other homes were in the dark on Vancouver Island.
BC Ferries hasn’t cancelled sailings yet, but is reporting delays on major routes including Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, and Tsawwassen to Victoria
Environment Canada meteorologist David Jones says while the winds could get punishing, they will probably not be as intense as last week’s storm.
“We don’t think this storm will have as big a punch as Thursday’s storm but nonetheless the wind’s been increasing all day long. The windiest part of the day is going to be the late afternoon and early evening, and I would be prepared for potential power outages as well.”
All the same, Surrey crews have been dispatched to Crescent Beach to shore up the dikes.
Manager of City Operations Rob Costanzo says winds are expected to slam the area during high tide around 10pm, and workers are sandbagging as a precaution.
“We’re doing some work on the dikes. We had impact this past Thursday with the high winds and high tide, so we’re anticipating the same impact again this evening… So we’re just building a temporary barrier wall to help with any potential impact from waves getting over the dike and impacting any of the properties adjacent.”
The rain is also going to continue into the evening, with up to 15-25 cm of snow for the North Shore mountains.
It’s the second windstorm to batter the coast this week, after strong winds knocked down trees and power lines across Metro Vancouver on Thursday, leaving thousands of people without power.
The storm is also blamed for at least one death, as a woman was killed after a tree fell on her Port Moody home.
The storm, which began as a low pressure system off the Oregon Coast has been causing havoc south of the border for much of the afternoon, and has claimed at least one life in Washington State.
Firefighters working to extricate woman killed after tree fell on her car in the upper loop of Seward Park. pic.twitter.com/K3D6fh6Sln— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) March 13, 2016
1st time since 10/25/14, 520 floating bridge closed due to high winds. Could be last time w/new bridge opening soon. pic.twitter.com/bLDSHBlg0n— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) March 13, 2016
Environment Canada Statement – Metro Vancouver (3:45 pm)
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.
A low pressure system has moved over Juan de Fuca Strait this afternoon and will cross the southern tip of Vancouver Island early this evening. Strong southeast winds of 50 to 80 km/h will shift to southwest early this evening and gust up to 90 km/h over southern sections of Greater Victoria, Southern Gulf Islands, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley. Winds will ease overnight as the low weakens and moves into the BC Interior.
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.
Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #BCStorm.