VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Some parts of the Lower Mainland are gearing up for some increasingly wet conditions as an intense storm moves ashore.
“The rain will be widespread, but as is often the case, heavier closer to the mountains and inland throughout the Fraser Valley where downpours will persist, not only today and tonight, but right into Tuesday as well,” NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate explains.
With heavy rains expected, forecasters warn of possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts, as well as the possibility of flash flooding in low lying areas.
A stormy start to this final week of November, as #Rainfall and #wind warnings headline the forecast for the entire BC South Coast. Metro #Vancouver high 12 degrees today. Southeast gales gusting 80 km/h along the coast and near the border. Rainfall totals up to 120 mm near mtns.
— Russ Lacate (@NEWS1130Weather) November 26, 2018
Meantime, a wind warning is also in effect for certain areas, including Surrey, Langley, Richmond, Delta, and Abbotsford.
“Rainfall and wind warnings are in effect with southeasterlies of 50 to 80 kilometres per hour, more so Monday afternoon, more so along the coast line and near the border,” Russ adds.
Winds are expected to ease early Tuesday morning, as the storm moves east and weakens.
“Working to our advantage now, compared to earlier in the month, is that the trees are largely stripped bare of leaves. So the winds will be stronger, at 50 to 80 km south-easterlies into the afternoon, but at the same time, the trees not really in full sail. Hopefully we don’t see as many branches coming down on power lines.”
City of Vancouver preparing for heavy rain and high tides
Monday morning’s King Tide has passed, and the City of Vancouver says so has today’s risk of flooding in areas like Locarno Beach off Marine Drive. But Streets and Engineering director Taryn Scollard says there are more extreme tides ahead.
“We’re seeing king tides right through to the end of February. We’re hoping that this year we have a similar year to last year, where the storms and the king tides don’t line up.”
The city has been sandbagging flood-prone areas in preparation for heavy rain and high water.
No BC Ferries cancellations yet
There are currently no South Coast ferry cancellations due to the stormy weather.
“However, we can’t anticipate whether we would need to revise sailings due to the weather conditions, as the day goes on,” says Tessa Humphries with BC Ferries.
The corporation works with Environment Canada to make those decisions, which Humphries notes they do not take lightly.
“A lot of times, the conditions out on the sea are different from the conditions that people may be seeing at their home,” she adds.
She says while cancellations can be a pain, the top priority is is customer safety. “It has to do with the sea states. At a certain level, it’s not safe for us to travel.”
– With files from Lasia Kretzel