As B.C.’s south coast recovers from Friday’s storm residents are now getting ready for another hit this afternoon.
The second storm turned out to be a deadly storm that killed a teenager, left thousands without power and damaged multiple homes.
But as things settled the third in a series of storms to hit Metro Vancouver is coming this afternoon.
Meteorologist Kristi Gordon says the low pressure itself has yet to move on shore, but will approach the south coast just after 7 p.m.
And Gordon says conditions will be worse than previous days as heavy rain and strong winds will occur after nightfall.
“This time it’s going to be dark so I’m actually anticipating worse conditions for people out on the road or walking, it could be quite treacherous out there.”
Gordon says she expects areas such as Abbotsford, Surrey and Tsawwassen to be hit hardest.
About 100,000 customers were without power at the peak of outages yesterday.
— Michael Kuss (@michaelkusswx) October 15, 2016
Currently over 12,000 customers are without power in the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast and nearly 20,000 on Vancouver Island but numbers continue to fluctuate.
Spokesperson Simi Heer anticipates the numbers will grow.
“We are expecting these numbers to grow throughout the evening. We’re expecting the heaviest gusts of wind between 8 and 10 p.m. tonight, so, those are gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour, and those will definitely cause some damage.”
Heer says crews have had to be re-positioned with some of the changes to the forecast.
Multiple cancellations and closures
BC Ferries was forced to cancel multiple sailings as winds picked up.
All sailings from the Lower Mainland to the Island have been cancelled for the day due to the weather.
Stanley Park will also be temporarily closed Saturday night and Sunday morning because of the winds.
PNE has also been forced to cancel Fright Nights due to the weather.
“Along with a lot of different events, and organizations, we have been preparing and watching the weather reports. And as it became evident that the weather had been forecasted over the last couple of days, that was anticipated to hit this evening in Vancouver, was, in fact, going to be substantive enough that we felt it was prudent and in the issue of public safety to close Fright Night,” says PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance.
— PNE/Playland (@PNE_Playland) October 15, 2016
The PNE says those with passes for Saturday night can use their passes any other night until October 31.
Meanwhile on social media people are beginning to share pictures and video as storm number three hits the south coast.
— Malcolm Shuttleworth (@Majestic_Skies) October 15, 2016
— Michael (@PrancingGoat) October 15, 2016
— KMJ (@KJNorthShore) October 16, 2016
— K (@Jasper_76) October 15, 2016
Some Vancouverites haven’t let the weather dampen their spirits.
Global BC’s Jill Bennett was in Stanley Park earlier Saturday speaking to Drex during special talk coverage of the storm.
“In true Vancouver fashion, there are still people jogging on the seawall, cycling, on skateboards, and some kind of wedding party has just shown up….with a huge bunch of helium balloons. Because, of course, that’s what you do when a big storm is headed your way.”
People soaked up the fun until about 8 p.m., when the city chose to close Stanley Park as a precaution.