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Roche Point, BC
Alerts in Effect
Special Weather StatementIssued at 01:23 Sunday 24 October 2021
Very windy conditions are forecast to develop through today for Vancouver Island and neighbouring regions along the Strait of Georgia. The strong winds will persist until Monday evening.
Locations: Vancouver Island, Southern Gulf Islands, Western sections of Metro Vancouver.
Time span: This morning to Monday afternoon.
Remarks: A rapidly deepening low pressure system from the Pacific will approach Vancouver Island today. Rain and strong winds will begin this morning.
Southeast winds of 70 to 90 km/h with gusts possibly exceeding 100 km/h are expected over North Vancouver Island. Southeasterly winds of 60 to 70 km/h with possible gusts to 90 will develop through east-west oriented valleys on Vancouver Island and along coastal regions near the Strait of Georgia and Haro Strait.
On Monday morning, as the low pressure system approaches the south coast, southeasterly winds will strengthen over the inner south coast. Western sections of Metro Vancouver will experience their strongest winds Monday morning with southeasterly gusts potentially exceeding 80 km/h before easing Monday evening.
As of now, there is increasing confidence for the strongest winds to be over West Vancouver Island and that the low pressure system will track across just north of central Vancouver Island on Monday evening.
Additional wind warnings may be issued as the event unfolds.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.