Heavy rain, strong winds as first storm of fall hits Metro Vancouver today

Sep 23 2020, 8:26 am

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver as heavy rain and strong winds are in the forecast for the “first active storm cycle of the fall season.”

The special weather statement is in effect for the following areas:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

A separate rainfall warning has been issued for the North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The weather agency says that “a series of vigorous frontal systems” will be moving across BC’s south coast from Tuesday through to Saturday.

Residents should expect heavy rain and strong winds.

“Rainfall intensity will vary through the day and across regions. Over Vancouver Island, total rainfall amounts over the two day period will generally range from 15 to 40 mm, with amounts in excess of 100 mm over West Vancouver Island,” stated Environment Canada.

“For the mainland coast, total rainfall amounts will range from 30 mm to over 50 mm for the two day period. The heaviest rainfall amounts are currently expected near the mountains.”

The statement notes that the “unsettled conditions will bring a risk of thunderstorms” across the region on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The wet pattern will continue with more rain expected Friday and Saturday,” stated Environment Canada.

Winds between 60 to 80 km/h are also expected on Vancouver Island, with gusts across the Strait of Georgia between 50 and 70 km/h.

Residents are being warned of localized flooding caused by the heavy rain, as well as power outages.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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