Vancouver Storm: Heavy Rain, Strong Winds Strike Metro Vancouver, Wind Warning Issued

Vancouver Storm: Heavy Rain, Strong Winds Strike Metro Vancouver, Wind Warning Issued
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In Vancouver, strong rain and heavy rainfall stemming from a powerful storm affected the South Coast of BC.


With expected winds of 90 kilometers per hour, a wind warning was issued for Metro Vancouver by Environment Canada. A low pressure system was expected to develop off the Oregon Coast and move northeast. The warning for Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands said, “Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.”

Ferry services from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay were delayed as a result of severe weather, CTV News reports. Four ferry sailings leaving Swartz Bay Sunday were cancelled; this came after the BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver Island ferry was taken off of service because of minor damage it sustained last Thursday. Other ferries were also delayed as a result of the weather. In addition, as many as 40 outages that affected thousands of people across the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island were reported.

Strong winds in Washington State flipped a fire truck on its side and downed trees along the coast. As many as 250,000 people were reportedly left without electricity as the storm made its way through.

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The latest storm was the second to strike the region this week. On Thursday, a 57-year-old woman was killed when a tree crashed through the roof. The storm caused localized flooding and around 110,000 BC Hydro customers on the Lower Mainland, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Sunshine Coast, were left without power, CBC News reports.

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