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Strong winds forecast for B.C. coast as November storm approaches

Environment Canada has issued warnings for parts of the B.C. coast, which is expecting strong winds and rain this weekend.
Environment Canada has issued warnings for parts of the B.C. coast, which is expecting strong winds and rain this weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Batten down the hatches, B.C.: strong winds and rain are on the way for much of the coast.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Haida Gwaii and the north end of Vancouver Island for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The first of the systems will be weaker, it said, though it will still produce strong southeasterly winds for the north and central coast.

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A second, more powerful front will hit the north and central coast Sunday morning, with winds of up to 90 km/h and gusts topping 110 km/h.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage,” says the warning.

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Southern Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are forecast to get hit with strong winds on Sunday night.

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Environment Canada says rain is expected to begin over the island late Sunday night and over the Lower Mainland early Monday morning.

“There remains some uncertainty to the rainfall totals of this approaching system due to the strong upper level flow,” says an Environment Canada special weather statement.

“It is possible that some areas could receive warning-level amounts on Monday.”