Stormy start to weekend as fall storm begins to pummel B.C.
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8:55 -
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The rain has started in British Columbia, and people along the coast and lower mainland shouldn't expect an end to it until after the weekend.
Most of the coast will be battered with strong winds and heavy rain, as two separate lows affect the region.
"The heaviest rain will be this afternoon and evening, and again tomorrow afternoon into the overnight," Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at the The Weather Network, said early Saturday morning.
More than 100 mm is on tap for parts of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
By late-afternoon Saturday, thousands of people were left in the dark. BC Hydro reported that more than 6000 customers were without power in the Lower Mainland. Officials say downed trees on power lines are the cause for the outages in West Vancouver, where more than 1300 customers were without power.
BC Hydro says its crews are preparing for further outages, as strong winds are expected to hit the area once again early Sunday.
Winds will be gusting up to 90 km/h on Saturday, and possibly even higher by Sunday afternoon.
Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley were already under wind and rain warnings issued by Environment Canada early Saturday morning.
Much of the moisture about to wash the communities of B.C. comes from the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk, which formed in the Pacific in mid-September, a little after Typhoon Usagi lashed Taiwan and southern China, killing several people.
Pabuk, on the other hand, did not threaten land, and dissipated on Friday.
Follow the Weather Network on T.V. for updates on the storm in B.C. as it intensifies.