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B.C. Storm updates: Heavy rains, winds to slam south coast | Rainfall warning now in effect | BC Hydro report predicts more outages this storm season

Heavy rain and winds are expected across Metro Vancouver on Friday so check back here for the latest B.C. storm updates and developments.

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Nothing marks a change in seasons like a good storm.

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Heavy rain and winds are expected across the B.C. South Coast on Friday, with up to 80 millimetres of rain expected in some parts of Metro Vancouver.

Environment and Climate Change Canada posted a rainfall warning on Friday morning, saying higher elevations like the North Shore and Howe Sound will likely see more rain than other parts of the region, and gusts of up to 80 km/h.

Check back here throughout the day for the latest weather updates and developments.


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Latest storm news and updates

B.C. South Coast braces for heavy rain as first storm of season hits

The first storm of the season for B.C.’s South Coast is going to pack a concentrated punch.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning Friday morning warning of heavy rain and strong wind as a robust frontal system crosses the region, bringing up to 80 millimetres of rain to Metro Vancouver, and possibly more to higher elevations.

“This one is a bit off the charts in the sense it’ll happen over a day or half-a-day,” said meteorologist Doug Lundquist of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Weakened trees and La Niña could mean more fall storm outages: BC Hydro

BC Hydro is warning that drought-weakened trees coupled with stormier La Niña weather conditions may result in more power outages this fall and winter.

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In a report released Friday, the day a rain and wind storm is set to pummel Metro Vancouver, BC Hydro meteorologists predict this summer’s record-breaking temperatures in B.C. could mean a fresh accumulation of dead and weakened trees that could be a risk to electrical infrastructure.

La Niña is predicted to bring colder, wetter and windier weather to the west coast this fall and winter, and that coupled with drought-weakened trees could result in the perfect storm for outages, the report says.

Summer 2021 was the hottest summer on record in most parts of B.C and resulted in severe drought – weakening tree roots, wood and soil and leaving them more susceptible to failure.

BC Hydro says its two most damaging storms were caused by a drought in the summer of 2015 and a drought followed by unseasonably heavy rainfall in 2018. The 2015 summer storm caused over 710,000 outages and lasted multiple days.

BC Hydro is advising customers to prepare for what could be a challenging storm season with a well-stocked emergency kit that includes:

  • flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • non-perishable food and
    water.

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