Get the flashlights ready! Strong wind set to slam into Metro Vancouver

Jan 5 2023, 6:19 pm

A weather statement has been issued for Metro Vancouver as meteorologists suggest a strong windstorm is on the way for coastal communities.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued the statement for Thursday night,  expecting conditions to be very gusty until later that evening.

Residents in Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Langley, West Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta should be ready for possible power outages and other wind-related issues.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may result in power outages and fallen tree branches,” ECCC said.

There is a more severe alert issued for parts of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and Howe Sound, which may lead to BC Ferries sailing cancellations.

Map of British Columbia wind warning for the south coast areas and near Vancouver Island

Environment and Climate Change Canada

“A low-pressure system offshore will continue moving northwards today. Ahead of the low, strong southeast winds of 60 km/h gusting to 80 km/h will develop early this evening over Metro Vancouver regions near the Strait of Georgia. Winds will ease near midnight,” ECCC said.

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