Rainfall warning issued for Metro Vancouver and Howe Sound

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Residents of Metro Vancouver and Howe Sound will want to keep their rain gear handy, with more wet weather in the forecast.

Environment Canada has issued another rainfall warning for the regions, with heavy precipitation expected Wednesday night and into Thursday.

“The second big fall storm of the season will hit the South Coast this evening with wind and rain. Residents can expect the winds to pick up this afternoon and be strongest this evening and overnight with gusts out of the southeast up to 70 kilometers per hour,” Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon said.

“There are concerns for power outages and possible delays in the ferries. Areas near the water along the Strait of Georgia will be most impacted,” she added. “Commuters should be aware it could be slow going both home from work Wednesday and to work on Thursday morning.”.

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Rainfall of between 50 and 70 millimetres is forecast, with more than 90 millimetres possible in Howe Sound and over the North Shore Mountains.

“After below average precipitation across the South Coast since January 2021,” Gordon added.

“The Vancouver Airport has already received more than double the average rainfall for the month of September with 117.2 mm. If this storm produces another 50 mm, the airport will have tripled the average for September.”

Environment Canada is also warning of strong southeasterly winds gusting up to 70 kilometres per hour, easing before Thursday morning.

Wind warnings were also issued for eastern Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Haida Gwaii.

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