Rain, wind expected as ‘atmospheric river’ hits coast

Friday morning’s rain was a preview of the weekend to come, according to forecasters at Environment Canada.

The Sunshine Coast is under a special weather statement warning of “heavy rain and strong winds” as a result of an “atmospheric river” bringing moist, tropical air to the region.

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The storm system is expected to hit Saturday morning and stay in the region until midday Sunday.

Environment Canada says the heaviest rainfall will likely be on western Vancouver Island and the Central Coast, but the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and the North Shore mountains will also see significant rainfall, potentially exceeding 50 mm in 24 hours.

Some areas could experience wind gusts of more than 90 km/h on Saturday morning.
The public is encouraged to monitor potential rainfall and wind warnings as well as potential high streamflow advisories or flood watches from the BC River Forecast Centre.


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