Sunday , January 24 2021

After the course, wind storm: gusts up to 100 km / h forecast for B.C. South Coast

Winter storm warnings | Power outages

The incessant rain has relieved, but wind warnings are back in effect for the B.C.'s south coast with winds of up to 100 km / h, which are expected in some areas on Friday.

Environment Canada said that the strongest wind is forecast for vulnerable coastal areas in Vancouver Island. These areas can expect winds between 80 and 100 km / h Friday morning before the wind leaves in the evening.

Similar weather is expected on the mainland. Metro Vancouver – from West Vancouver to Langley – as well as Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Valley could see the winds between 70 and 90 km / h on Friday night.

Vancouver Park Board employees clear down crash after a wind storm in Vancouver in August 2015. (Vancouver Park Board)

Wind that strong can damage buildings and windows, especially roofing belts. Loose objects can be thrown by the wind, "the agency warned.

The warnings come almost 12 years to the day after an intense wind power ravaged south coast, especially Vancouver's Stanley Park.

Rain and winds of up to 158 km / h ripped thousands of trees that smashed into cars and homes on December 15, 2006. More than 250,000 homes lost power.

A 2006 wind storm on the south coast of B.C., crossed trees and caused widespread damage throughout the region. (CBC)

Coquihalla storm warning

The situation further into the interior does not look better, if not worse – to the point where non-essential travel along mountain roads becomes discouraged.

Winter storm warnings apply to Coquihalla Highway and Fraser Canyon. Fifteen centimeters of snow and winds of up to 90 km / h are in the forecast, starting Friday evening.

"Visibility is suddenly reduced to almost zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Poor weather conditions can contribute to delays in transportation," said Environment Canada's warning.

"Consider exposing non-essential travel until conditions improve."

Icy road conditions and heavy snow off part of Highway 5 – known as Coquihalla Highway – near Kamloops on October 13, 2017. (Twitter / @ bigcountry20)

Okanagan Connector, Highway 97C, could also see similar gusts of wind.

The agency said that the wind would light overnight with snow crashing on Saturday.

Power outages

Nearly 4,000 people on Vancouver Island are experiencing power cuts on Thursday morning because of the wind.

According to BC Hydro, most of Zeballos, Sayward and Hornby Island are without power. There are other outcomes in Courtenay, Campbell River and Port Alberni.

The tool said the crew is on or off to correct most interruptions, many of which are caused by downward power lines.

Another 3000 customers in Lower Mainland are also in the dark this morning.

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