BRITISH COLUMBIA

Damaging Winds Forecast For B.C. South Coast Sunday Night

09/29/2013 03:08 EDT | Updated 11/29/2013 05:12 EST
Damaging winds are expected to blow through British Columbia's South Coast Sunday night, and officials in several areas are asking people to prepare for power outages.

Environment Canada says an intense Pacific storm is making landfall on Vancouver Island tonight, where wind gusting at speeds of up to 100 km/h is expected. The Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will also see some of the strongest winds, which could range between 60 and 90 km/h, with occasional stronger gusts.

"While there remains some uncertainty in the precise track, storms with this trajectory have resulted in significant wind damage in the past," Environment Canada said in a release Sunday morning.

Firefighters in the Township of Langley sent out warnings on Twitter Sunday morning, asking residents to prepare for damaging winds, to have a plan for power outages and, in the event of an outage, not to leave candles unattended.

Deborah Marshall, spokeswoman for BC Ferries, urged anyone planning a ferry trip today to go sooner rather than later.

"It looks like the wind storm will hit [in the] late afternoon or early evening," she said. "We are advising customers wanting to travel between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, as well as Powell River and Comox and some of the Northern Gulf Islands, that they should travel earlier in the day to avoid the wind storm."

She said some ferries on smaller routes had to be cancelled Saturday due to high winds, and that there could be some route delays or cancellations announced later on Sunday.

Environment Canada also said heavy rain is also expected across much of the region, with 50 to 80 millimetres falling across much of Howe Sound and Metro Vancouver.

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