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Storms wallop the BC Coast


It's a soggy day in the city of Vancouver
It's a soggy day in the city of Vancouver

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

September 27, 2011 — A storm system that walloped the coast of BC Monday, lead to floods, power outages and ferry cancellations.

Rainfall totals since Tursday
Rainfall totals since Tursday

Another powerful low off the Pacific hit the BC coast Monday morning, bringing drenching rain and damaging winds with it.

BC Ferries cancelled sailings, power was knocked out to thousands, and some highways had to be closed due to flooding.

“This storm had a little extra punch to it,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “We anticipated heavy rain and winds to continue throughout the day and, in many cases, through the start of Tuesday as well.”

Conditions began to improve Tuesday morning, but rainfall totals were significant in some places. People living in and around Vancouver have seen over 50 mm of rain while the Squamish area has recorded upwards of 130 mm.

BC Ferries cancelled sailings on Monday
BC Ferries cancelled sailings on Monday

Some areas also saw wind gusts over 100 km/h. At one point on Monday, the winds had knocked out power to about 30,000 homes.

Crews had just finished restoring power to thousands of customers in the Fraser Valley after Sunday's active weather. According to BC Hydro, gusty winds had left people in Surrey, Langley, Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack in the dark.

Meanwhile, drenching rain over the weekend forced some residents living along BC's central coast to evacuate their homes. A flood warning was issued for several communities, including Bella Bella, Bella Coola and Kingcome. A local state of emergency was also put in place and several sections of Highway 20 were washed out, but have since reopened.

Crews are keeping a close eye on rivers along the Central Coast, as there is more significant rain in the forecast this week.

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