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Powerful winds whip across BC


Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

January 24, 2012 — Strong winds resulted in ferry cancellations and power outages in BC on Sunday.

Rainfall forecast through Wednesday
Rainfall forecast through Wednesday

Winds on the coast of BC and around Vancouver Island were gusting up to 110 km/h at times on Sunday, causing power outages and forcing ferry cancellations.

More than two dozen sailings were cancelled between the Island and the mainland. BC Ferries added some extra sailings on Monday to help deal with the backlog.

The storm also knocked out power to thousands of BC Hydro customers. At the peak of the storm, 20,000 homes had no electricity.

“One low pressure system after another has been hitting the coast, and bringing strong winds, rain and snow to the area,” says Elena Lappo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The next system moving in could bring up to 50 mm of rain to Vancouver through Wednesday, while areas further north could see up to 30 cm of snow. As a result, the avalanche risk across the province is rated as “high” for Tuesday.

By Tuesday night, localized flooding had been reported in several areas across the province, and officials were telling people driving on many highways to chain up their tires, especially in the north.

Last week, parts of BC were hammered by winter storms that left heavy amounts of snow.

For a closer look at current weather watches and warnings, be sure to check the Alerts section of our website.

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