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Storm on the way for Lower Mainland Tuesday, Delta mayor says city prepared

Last Updated Jan 5, 2021 at 1:21 pm PST

Summary

Storm warnings are in place around the South Coast with strong winds and rain expected

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Micheal Kuss says there will be widespread rain and gusts could hit up to 70 km/h in some areas

Delta Mayor Geroge Harvie warns residents to be careful around tall trees

DELTA (NEWS 1130) — It looks like it’s going to be a gusty one around the Lower Mainland with strong winds and rain on the way.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Micheal Kuss says there will be widespread rain and gusts could hit up to 70 km/h in some areas.

Kuss urges people to avoid the afternoon commute as much as possible since a “wild afternoon” is on the way.

Amounts vary depending on the area, but 20 to 60 millimetres of rain is expected, with the highest amounts near the mountains, Kuss adds.

“We have some light rain across the area already, heavier rain on the way through the afternoon, especially up against the mountains where we have that rainfall warning,” he says.

Delta Mayor George Harvie warns residents to be careful around tall trees, particularly for anyone who had planned for a walk around Burns Bog.

“Be aware of the potential for falling trees and falling limbs. They can be extremely dangerous, if not deadly, ” he tells NEWS 1130, adding he has seen branches come down in the city during previous storms.

“We have aged cottonwoods, which are known to drop significant limbs at any time.”

But he says it isn’t something Delta hasn’t seen before, so the city is ready.

The adverse weather had led to BC Ferries cancelling the majority of sailings last night and into Tuesday