Wind and rain warning issued for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind and rain warning issued for parts of Vancouver Island

UPDATE: B.C. Ferries has issued a travel advisory for Nov. 19, warning that sustained winds forecasted for the Strait of Georgia may impact services from mid-morning to early afternoon. This advisory applies to multiple routes, including those to and from: Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen, Nanaimo and the Southern Gulf Islands.

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North and East Vancouver Island can expect intense weather conditions this weekend, says Environment Canada.

A rainfall warning for northern Vancouver Island and a wind warning for eastern Vancouver Island are in place.

A slow-moving frontal system over the central coast will bring potential rainfall amounts of 100 millimetres by Sunday for the North Island.

This system will also generate strong southeast winds along the Sunshine Coast and East Vancouver Island communities from Courtenay to Campbell River.

The strongest winds are expected to develop overnight and continue into Sunday morning reaching speeds of up to 70 kilometres an hour.

Environment Canada warns that the heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water to pool on roads and that washouts can occur near rivers, creeks and culverts.

High winds can also toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

For more information on the warnings, visit Environment Canada’s website

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