Another windstorm looms as clean-up continues in B.C.
Friday, March 11, 2016, 4:13 PM - As clean-up and restoration efforts continue in B.C., another low pressure system looks to usher in unsettled conditions for the weekend.
"A storm forecast to impact B.C. this Sunday will once again bring strong, damaging winds and rain," said The Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.
Winds could gust over 70 km/h in parts. The rain is expected to intensify Saturday overnight, continuing for several days. West Vancouver could pick up about 80 mm, with 50 mm forecast for the Lower Mainland.
"Rainfall amounts are generally not anticipated to be on the high side, the bigger concern is for winds," added Vettese. "Models have been forecasting this storm system to take a classic wind storm track, but the outcome of this storm will strongly depend on the track."
The latest system this past Thursday knocked power out to over 100,000 customers. The windstorm downed trees and power lines, caused coastal damage and resulted in one fatality.
One woman died after a tree fell through a house in Port Moody. The Fire Department received a call around 6:30 a.m. PT Thursday. According to police the woman, who has been identified as 57-year-old Jill Calder, was on the upper floor of the residence and was struck by the tree as it fell.
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Fraser Valley and Maple Ridge were some of the hardest hit areas with pocket outages in North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Vancouver Island, B.C. Hydro reports.
BC Ferries were forced to cancel several sailings and many schools in the Fraser Valley were closed Thursday due to the wind. Commuters also faced travel delays as power at several traffic lights was knocked out.
The municipality of Delta reported localized flooding in the Boundary Bay Spruce Grove area and crews were sent to assist residents with sandbags and pumps in flooded areas.
For some, this latest storm is a frightening reminder of the violent wind storm that claimed two lives last year. At the height of the storm, more than 300,000 customers were without power and these photos show the true devastation and destruction left in the storm's wake.
VIDEO: Wind in Abbotsford, B.C. Captured by Weather Network citizen journalist Emily Loyise
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"A ridge starts to build over the west coast by mid-week, bringing in clear conditions and high pressure for the province," noted The Weather Network meteorologist Kevin Mackay. "As the low moves out, temperatures look to drop a couple degrees below seasonal."