2nd storm to hit BC’s south coast with high winds tonight

Vancouver lower mainland and Island residents should brace themselves for a big blow overnight tonight when the second in a series of storms expected to hit the region. This second storm to hit the area on late Thursday night and Friday morning. The winds are expected to pick up overnight and peak in Metro Vancouver early Friday morning, according to meteorologist Ross MacDonald of Environment Canada. “It will be a tricky morning commute with the likelihood of some power outages,” predicts MacDonald. “Southeast winds up to 80 km/h can be expected over East Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound near Bowen Island, Southern Gulf Islands and Metro Vancouver, and up to 100 km/h over West Vancouver Island tonight,” said a weather  “As the low crosses Vancouver Island Friday morning, the winds will shift to southwest 40 gusting to 70 km/h. At this time, Port Alberni will see their strongest winds with gusts up to 90 km/h. These winds will ease midday Friday as the low tracks further inland,” said the warning.  While the weather will ease on Friday afternoon, the break will be short-lived, MacDonald warns.

The third and largest storm is expected to arrive on Saturday when the remnants of Super Typhoon Songda arrives, setting the stage for potentially damaging winds over the weekend.  Officials are warning residents that if the storm materializes as expected, they should be prepared for power outages, flooding, downed trees and possibly even landslides.  But as of Thursday morning it remained uncertain exactly where the storm will hit, says MacDonald. “The exact track is going to be very critical for how strong the winds are going to get.”

First storm hit the area on Wednesday night with winds up 60 km/h knocking out power to thousands on Vancouver Island and across Metro Vancouver. The weather is forecast to ease during the day on Thursday.