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Rainfall warnings remain in effect as Pineapple Express soaks B.C. South Coast

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Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:28 -

The weekend started off on a wet note across the B.C. southern coast. And it's not over just yet. 

Heavy rainfall, to the tune of 120 mm, is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon for some areas. 

"Heavy rainfall amounts exceeding 100 mm are expected across West Vancouver Island and the Port Alice area of northern Vancouver Island," writes Environment Canada in a weather statement.

Click below to watch: Arda Ocal takes a stand against the moisture-packed Pineapple Express:

Rainfall warnings are in effect for the western and northern parts of the Island, along with Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley. 

While the hardest hit areas will be on Vancouver Island, almost all of the province's coasts will see some amount of rain on Saturday, tapering off into Sunday night.


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Meanwhile, the North Coast is under a blizzard warning, with blowing snow expected to continue Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Residents are advised to travel with caution as strong winds gusting to 100 km/h can lead to near-zero visibilities at times.


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The Canadian Avalanche Centre was also warning of high avalanche risk over almost all of the province's higher elevations Saturday.

Saturday evening at around 6 p.m. local time, The Canadian Press reported that one person was sent to hospital after being pulled from an avalanche near Keefer Lake in B.C.'s Okanagan region. 

Search manager Pete Wise said the person was pulled from the slide Saturday afternoon, put on advanced life support and rushed to hospital. 

RCMP are on scene. Stay tuned for updates. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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