A special weather report is in effect for most of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound as a strong Pacific low rapidly deepens. Special advisories have also been issued for eastern and northern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Gusts exceeding 100 km / h are expected over northern Vancouver Island.
Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon said strong winds will hit Vancouver Island on Sunday afternoon, persisting through the night and into Monday morning. By Monday morning, that wind will change over Howe Sound and Metro Vancouver. Strong winds are also expected in Greater Victoria through Monday afternoon.
“We will start to see even easterly winds blowing over the Fraser Valley, maybe in the range of 40 to 60 km / h or so,” he said.
He said extreme winds are common this time of year.
“Every October we normally see winds. This season we started at the beginning of September and the storm season has been quite active, ”explained Sekhon. “This depression seems pretty intense but luckily as it hits the ground… it’s going to weaken. “
Strong winds can knock down trees and power lines, which is why Emergency Management BC has created a checklist of things to do to prepare for the storm:
- Clean gutters and drains to protect against flooding.
- Create an emergency kit with non-perishable foods, water, and supplies to support your household for up to a week.
- Store valuables and important items in waterproof containers or at an elevated location.
- Check with neighbors who may need additional help.
- Avoid streams and rivers prone to flooding during heavy rains.
Sekhon says the winds are expected to subside by Monday afternoon, but people need to be prepared for possible power outages.
The B.C. government has warned residents of areas expecting stormy weather to be wary of flooding, and the Canadian Coast Guard said the weather could be a challenge for retrieving fallen containers. aboard a ship near Victoria on Friday.