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Hurricane strength winds gust into BC

Staff writers
November 23, 2012 — Hurricane force winds were recorded in parts of BC on Thursday with gusts reaching close to 180 km/h in some places.

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Heavy rain, snow and damaging winds. A powerful system that pushed into BC is bringing stormy conditions across the region. 

On Thursday, wind gusts reached hurricane strength, with a peak gust of 176 km/h recorded at Sartine Island. 

In addition to the winds, some places have been dealing with heavy rain and snow as well. 

Up to 30 mm of rain is expected in the city of Vancouver through Saturday, while places further north can expect up to 40 cm of snow. 

That combined with gusty winds could reduce visibility on the roads.

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On Wednesday, a multi-vehicle collision was reported on BC's Coquihalla Highway near Kamloops.

More than 20 people were sent to hospital, but no serious injuries have been reported. 

"That snow was associated with the same system that brought freezing rain and heavy snow to parts of the Prairies on Wednesday," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

Motorists are urged to adjust their driving habits as road conditions deteriorate, or avoid any unnecessary travel if possible.

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