Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning as some foul weather makes its way onto parts of Vancouver Island.
The inclement weather is the result of a Pacific front system that is giving way to some heavy rainfall and strong gusting winds.
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“As of 11 a.m., at Tofino airport there’s been 33 mm, so rain will be ongoing until tomorrow morning and then rain will taper off to a few showers Sunday,” said Yimei Li, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. “The higher amount was recorded at Kennedy Lake, as of this 12 p.m., there has been 45 mm rain, but some regions may reach up to 100 mm.”
Li is reminding residents in the region to remain vigilant.
“West Vancouver Island is very prone to heavy rain in general, but there might be some people affected by this heavy rainfall,” she said. “There could be localized flooding in low-lying areas, closer to the ocean, those might be areas to avoid incase people get trapped. We’re also anticipating strong south-east winds, gusting from 50 to 80 km/h.”
“Again, West Vancouver Island is prone to strong winds, but with strong winds things can blow around and tree branches can break so there are minor risks with that,” she added.
If you want to report severe weather to the agency, you can send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
To see a list of current weather alerts in your area, visit the official weather information page.
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