Special weather statement upgraded to wind warning for parts of Vancouver Island

Special weather statement upgraded to wind warning for parts of Vancouver Island
Batten down the hatches! Storm headed for the South Coast Sunday
A special weather statement issued Saturday by Environment Canada has been replaced with a wind warning, forecasting winds of up to 80 km/h Sunday night for parts of the Island.

An intense front will reach the south coast tonight and bring strong winds and heavy rain. Winds will increase throughout today and reach 80 km/h tonight over exposed coastal areas for west, east and south Vancouver Island

A wind warning is also still in place for North Vancouver Island saying winds could reach a peak speed of 90 km/h gusting to 110 Sunday evening.

The main threat will be high winds, especially for coastal areas, but Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island have been told to prepare for gusts and rain.

The weather statement warning of strong wind and heavy rain is still in place for Central Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

There remains some uncertainty over how much rain, however. “It is possible that some areas could receive warning level amounts on Monday, Environment Canada said Saturday.

Winds are expected to ease Monday morning for most of the Island, and by Wednesday afternoon for the inner south coast.

Pedestrians carrying umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain are seen through a cafe window covered with rain and steam in Vancouver, B.C. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

An unstable onshore flow on Tuesday may also bring scattered thunderstorms for coastal B.C. with locally intense rainfall rates and amounts.

Updated alerts and forecasts can be found at the Environment Canada website, and residents can contribute to reports by tweeting using the hashtag #bcstorm.

Environment Canada warns damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows and that loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage — or cause tree branches to break.

Batten down the hatches, B.C.Warnings and special weather statements in effect for much of the coast, with heavy winds on the way tonight and tomorrow night.#BCStorm pic.twitter.com/722zJ80f0W

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island because of a winter storm approaching Sunday night. 

The government weather service says it expects strong winds will hit Metro Vancouver Sunday night and stay through until Tuesday. 

“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,” says the warning.

Environment Canada says it expects rain to start Sunday night over Vancouver Island and then make its way to the Lower Mainland by early Monday morning. 

A second, more powerful front will hit the north and central coast Sunday morning, with winds of up to 90 km/h and gusts topping 110 km/h.

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