Special weather statement issued for Vancouver Island and Southern Gulf Islands

Special weather statement issued for Vancouver Island and Southern Gulf Islands
Special weather statement upgraded to wind warning for parts of Vancouver Island
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. 

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. 

Strong winds and rain expected Sunday in Metro Vancouver

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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

The first of the systems will be weaker, it said, though it will still produce strong southeasterly winds for the north and central coast.

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.

In a special weather statement issued Saturday afternoon, Environment Canada warned of strong winds and rain expected to begin Sunday night, and lasting until at least Tuesday, as a strong November storm arrives on the south coast.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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