B.C.’s south coast is battening down the hatches, with a series of powerful storms expected to make landfall tonight and carry through to Saturday.
The first storm is expected to hit tonight, with a second landing tomorrow night. The third and most powerful system, fueled by the remenants of Typhoon Songda is due to hit Saturday and Sunday.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of wind speeds exceeding 80 km/h in coastal areas, and up to 100 mm of rain for Metro Vancouver, potentially higher near the mountains.
A rainfall warning is also in effect.
That’s kicked off preparations around the region.
In Delta, the sandbags are already up at Boundary Bay in a bid to head off potential storm surges.
Mayor Lois Jackson says it’s a familiar problem for the city.
“If there is a storm surge, if we got a big wind, and it’s coming from the southeast, that usually spells big problems for us.”
“If the water breaches the walls down alonge the dyke and we get a high tide and big surges and if we get a lot of water over top of the dyke, it doesn’t take too long before you get a lot of water in the streets and they get into peoples’ homes and that’s the big fear.”
In 2014, a subtropical storm pounded Delta with rain and wind, leaving thousands in the dark and a local state of emergency declared due to flooding.
On the North Shore, where rainfall is expected to be heaviest, residents are also being warned to clear their drains and gutters to prevent flooding.
Power outages expected
With powerful winds expected to batter the region, BC Hydro is also gearing up for a busy week.
The crown corporation says it’s still watching the storms to get a sense of whether extra crews will need to be deployed to areas like the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands.
Additional staff will be on stand-by in case the situation gets bad.
BC Hydro adds families should have flash lights on hand as well as a battery operated radios and a phone.
Getting storm ready
With the coast expecting a pounding, officials are reminding locals to make sure they’ve got an emergency kit in their home.
Residents are being reminded to keep storm drains and eves clear to prevent potential flooding.
Tarps, loose items, and debris on balconies in back yards should be secured against wind.
The VPD Marine Unit is also asking boaters to ensure they’ve secured their vessels.
With heavy rains, swelling of creeks and rivers is also expected, and people are being advised to stay away from the banks of waterways, which may collapse suddenly.
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Reccomended emergency kit
- First-Aid kit
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Cellphone with charger
- Cash in small bills
- A local map with your family meeting place identified
- Three-day supply of food and water
- Garbage bags
- Dust mask
- Seasonal clothing and footwear