If you're a born and bred Vancouverite, you may have heard of Frankie MacDonald. When we need him most, the Nova Scotia-based YouTuber always comes through loud and clear with news on upcoming weather events. This time, MacDonald is warning of rain in Vancouver - and lots of it.
"Major storm is headed for Vancouver and British Columbia on Thursday, December 19, 2019," says MacDonald.
He says the rain will begin on Wednesday and bring "very strong" winds to the province, including Vancouver Island. He also says that it'll bring a lot of snow to mountain regions.
"People in Vancouver and British Columbia, be prepared," he says. He predicts that the rain will cause flooding in the Metro Vancouver area, forming big puddles. Powerful winds will bring massive waves to beaches, and MacDonald warns viewers to stay far away from shores.
The video, which MacDonald posted on Tuesday, already has nearly 5,000 views as of Wednesday morning. The comments are filled with people thanking Frankie for his passionate report.
One Redditor writes, "I'm out here in the gulf islands and I think the wind is starting to pick up a bit, thanks to Frankie I know what's heading my way. Will stay safe!"
A quick look at The Weather Network's forecast tells us that MacDonald is probably right. Thursday, December 19 will bring up to 45 millimetres of rain to the city, then another 15 millimetres by Friday.
Environment Canada has also issued a rainfall warning for West Vancouver Island, predicting up to 150 millimetres of rainfall by the end of the storm.
"A strong Pacific frontal system over Vancouver Island is slowly moving southward today," reads the warning. "This storm is bringing widespread heavy rainfall to the west coast of Vancouver Island."
MacDonald has over 217,000 subscribers on YouTube and has gained millions of views on his videos. He has been featured in publications like HuffPost, CTV News, and local news outlets all over the United States.
He's even been honoured in Nova Scotia's House of Commons, reports HuffPost.
Liberal MP Mark Eyking once said that Cape Bretoners are "very proud of Frankie the weatherman and wish him all the best as he continues to keep us safe from Mother Nature."
Only Frankie can make us smile while giving us the worst weather news ever.