We’re back with another Environment Canada weather warning. Just be thankful that this time it has nothing to do with snow. According to Environment Canada, Vancouver is going to be experiencing some seriously strong winds. In fact, winds in Vancouver are expected to be so strong today that they will reach up to 90 km/h.
According to the Environment Canada weather statement, this wind warning has been issued for Metro Vancouver. The impacted area will also include Surrey and Langley.
The statement is warning residents and anyone in the Metro Vancouver area of extremely strong winds. Winds are anticipated to be gusting up to 90 km/h starting this morning and lasting until Tuesday morning.
Wind is expected to extend to Chilliwack and Abbotsford area, through southern Langley and across the Strait of Georgia. As a result, the southernmost Gulf Islands and Greater Victoria will also be impacted.
Wind warnings have also been issued for Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria, the Soutern Gulf Islands, and Howe Sound. These areas are also anticipated to be hit with winds up to 90 km/h.
Environment Canada has stated that winds of this speed have the potential to cause a significant amount of damage. This damage could be anything from shingles blowing off houses to tree branches being broken.
In winds like this, loose objects are known to fly around. This can cause damage to houses, cars, and anything in its path. Be sure to secure down any loose objects you may have outside as to not cause damage to property.
Back in December, a massive storm hit BC with winds up to 100 km/h- just 10 km/h faster than the winds that are anticipated to happen today. This storm left 750,000 BC Hydro customers without power as the winds ripped through the South Coast. Some residents did not have power for days on end.
During the December storm, tree branches were seen flying through structures while entire trees were uprooted. The storm also caused many boats to become disconnected from docks around Vancouver Island. This storm was considered to be the most damaging storm in BC Hydro's history.
Weather is known to change extremely fast. Be sure to visit the Environment Canada website to stay updated on weather watched and warnings.