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Two major storms lashing B.C.


Rainfall forecast through Sunday.
Rainfall forecast through Sunday.

Jill Colton, staff writer

October 8, 2010 — Another round of vicious fall weather is pounding the B.C. Coast with rain and wind throughout the weekend.

B.C. residents are no strangers to storms this fall.
B.C. residents are no strangers to storms this fall.

It's just what residents across the B.C. Coast don't need, more treacherous weather.

After a soggy September and another wave of rain just this past week, it's safe to say the B.C. Coast has been inundated by wet conditions.

Unfortunately the break isn't happening this weekend. A pair of storms is impacting the Coast and it might put a damper on your Thanksgiving plans.

The first storm was an intense low pressure system that streamed off the Pacific Ocean and rolled up the Central Coast on Friday evening. The event continued through the early morning hours on Saturday. Queen Charlotte Island reported gusts close to 130 km/h, with wind speeds increasing still. Prince Rupert is also extremely windy with gusts clocking in at 100 km/h in some areas.

And it's not over yet. Less than 24 hours later the second storm event will take place in the evening as a second Pacific low digs further south, crossing the north tip of Vancouver Island. This storm is expected to bring heavy amounts of rain and blast fierce winds across the South and Central Coasts. A wind warning has already been issued for the Central Coast and most likely, additional wind and rain warnings will be implemented for these systems.

“The way the jet stream is situated leads the storm track right into B.C.,” explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Prepare yourself for a wet Thanksgiving weekend.
Prepare yourself for a wet Thanksgiving weekend.

Earlier this week, the already soaked parts of the Coast were drenched with upwards of 50 mm from another Pacific low. “A semi-winter weather pattern is inundating the B.C. coast with rain. We're seeing low after low hammer the region,” says Mark Robinson, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

This comes just a week after a highway was washed out in a ferocious storm that connected Bella Coola to the B.C. Interior. Another powerful storm lashed northern Vancouver Island around the same time triggering flooding and destruction to a native reserve. First Nations leaders are asking for financial help for those affected. The month of September also brought near-record rain to the city of Vancouver.

Moreover, forecasters are predicting a wicked winter for the Lower Mainland made worse by La Nina. In fact, climatologists believe it could be the worst winter in 55 years.

To stay on top of your local weather forecast, make sure you click our British Columbia Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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