Record-breaking ‘bomb cyclone’ weakens when it hits British Columbia: Here’s what you need to know

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Record-breaking ‘bomb cyclone’ weakens when it hits British Columbia: Here’s what you need to know


On Sunday, a massive mid-latitude cyclone made history as the most severe storm on record in the Pacific Northwest. The cyclone’s low-pressure center hit a record low of 942.5 millibars and became a “bomb cyclone” in the process, dropping more than 24 millibars in less than 24 hours.

This, just three days after another “bomb cyclone” went down in history as the third strongest storm on record in the Pacific Northwest.

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Thursday’s storm did not make landfall. Monday’s storm, however, will no longer have the strength of a record “bomb cyclone”.

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While at its peak on Sunday, the center of low pressure, which is the most destructive part of a cyclone, stalled off the coast for several hours. Then, once the cyclone started moving toward the coast again, the storm started to weaken. Basically, we’re really lucky.

On Monday, the low pressure center will cross northern Vancouver Island and move inland under the force of a very strong fall storm in the Pacific.

More power outages and downed trees are still expected, but not to the destructive level of a record-breaking cyclone. ‘

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Environment Canada’s wind warnings are still in effect. The hardest hit areas will be northern Vancouver Island, eastern Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the southern Gulf Islands.

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The Lower Mainland might see gusts of 90 km / h near water or just inland, but 70 to 80 km / h are more likely. The strongest winds will occur between the late hours of Monday morning and evening.

While not the destruction that could have happened, the impact of this unprecedented storm was significant. A tree fell on a Metro Vancouver home and narrowly missed a man sitting on his couch. In addition, Monday at 11 am, more than 15,000 people were without electricity and the low pressure center has not yet made landfall.

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The effects of this storm were felt all along the California coast with massive flooding and power outages.

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