A wild year for weather in BC continues to get weirder, as the “weather bomb” forecast by meteorologists last week is hitting parts of the province hard today, and there has been quite a storm on social media too.
Thousands of BC Hydro customers are without power and winds are expected to reach extreme speeds throughout the day.
#BCStorm is trending on social media, and some of the reactions and photos are startling, to say the least.
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Words like historic and unprecedented have been used to describe the storm.
Referred to as a “weather bomb” and a “bomb cyclone,” the impact has been devastating in parts of the province.
What a night… #BCStorm
The view behind our little house early this morning (a tree fell on the lines). Needless to say—the power is out.
— Jody Wilson-Raybould 王州迪 Vancouver Granville (@Puglaas) October 25, 2021
While the impacts on Vancouver have been fairly limited compared to places along the west coast of Vancouver Island, like Tofino, the worst could be yet to come.
— Stu Burgess (@S2Burgess) October 25, 2021
The wind got so strong in parts of BC that seismographs picked up the impact on the ground shaking.
The nearby seismograph at OZB easily recorded ground #shaking from the wind and waves from this storm (the lower part of this plot shows yesterday afternoon).
See the live shaking (thanks to @IRIS_EPO):https://t.co/dN7MfT70C2
and from #NRCan herehttps://t.co/t1p2PzCNmL#BCStorm https://t.co/Q3DZW6DWri pic.twitter.com/HVcK8dkpuP
— John Cassidy (@earthquakeguy) October 25, 2021
Wind warnings are still in effect for much of the province, but the forecast for the rest of the week actually looks pretty good, with a lot of sunshine expected.
— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) October 25, 2021
While wind speeds are anticipated to diminish throughout the day, gusts will remain steady at around 45 km/h, according to The Weather Network’s hourly forecast.
Sun shined through for a brief moment during storm on Sunshine Coast BC Canada 🇨🇦 #bombcyclone #bcstorm #sunshinecoastbc #PHOTO courtesy Almayde Images. https://t.co/7KvcdC0llC pic.twitter.com/qsiSujkmdD
— Duane Burnett (@DuaneBurnett) October 25, 2021
The Weather Network also warns that while the storm system is weakening, power grids may still be impacted by the intense winds.
This is Boundary Bay at 8am. Halfway between Tsawwassen and South Surrey. Moderate sustained winds, but the gusts are where you really feel it. These are some of the strongest winds I have felt in Metro Vancouver in quite some time. #BCStorm #ShareYourWeather pic.twitter.com/hmG6jCRsi8
— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) October 25, 2021
BC Hydro has prepared a handy guide on what you need for a power outage kit, although they left out red ruby slippers.