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Wind warning issued as second storm approaches South Coast

Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 11:30 am PDT

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Winds are expected to hit between 50 km/h and 70 km/h tonight

There's a chance the region will break some rainfall records today

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As predicted, the first storm hit with a vengeance overnight. The South Coast is soaking up the first of three significant systems expected to hit our region before the end of the weekend.

And late this morning a wind warning was issued for Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, coastal Vancouver Island, and the Southern Gulf Islands. In Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada says winds will rise later today to easterly 40 to 60 km/h, then become southeast 60 to 80 km/hr after midnight. The overnight rainfall warning has ended.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says it’s not that unusual for the region to get 20 or 30 mm of rain at night around this time of year.

“The record for this date in history is 26 mm and I think we’re going to break that during the day today, so that will be one record that falls in Metro Vancouver. The rain eases off through the middle of the afternoon. The high is 14 degrees but it will get bad again this evening. More heavy rain with a stronger wind tonight, south easterlies 50 km/h to 70 km/h and that’s not just over the Strait of Georgia but right across many parts of the Lower Mainland.”

He adds the winds could be potentially damaging and the low tonight is about 11 degrees.

Friday will see rain at time, but not all day — the high will be about 16 degrees. And the last in this series of storms will be on Saturday and it will pack some sub-tropical moisture in the jet stream which poses another risk of some very powerful windstorms.

Drivers warned to slow down

Police and ICBC are warning people to take it easy behind the wheel and to give yourself plenty of extra time to get where you need to go. The rain is causing the roads to be very slippery. “Heavy rainfall could cause adverse road conditions. Obviously drive well within the speed limit. Take extra time to travel. From a home front, obviously have your cell phones charged fully and have alternate light sources,” says Sharlene Brooks with Delta Police.

Some commuters we spoke on their morning commute weren’t upset with the wet weather. “If you live in Vancouver, you have to enjoy it — whether you like it or not,” said one driver. “I’m scared a little bit but whatever comes, we cannot stop Mother Nature.”

There are stream-flow advisories for creeks on the North Shore and other regions.

Vancouver International Airport says it’s ready for the storm but is warning people to check online before heading out to either catch a flight or pick someone up. And TransLink says trains may have to operate at reduced speeds if the wind picks up.

As always, NEWS 1130 will keep you in the loop with updates in Traffic every 10 minutes on the ones.

Tips to prevent your home from flooding

  • Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows and foundations, and seal all window wells
  • Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of leaves and other debris that prevent proper drainage
  • Ensure the grading around your home slopes away from the foundation wall to help drain water away from your home (without negatively affecting neighbouring properties)
  • Ensure that your plumbing and drainage systems are in good working condition. Homeowners are responsible for the plumbing from the property line to inside the home