Atmospheric river wrapping several powerful torrential rains towards southern British Columbia – BC News

Atmospheric river on the way

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Power has been restored to two Vancouver Island communities that lost power early last week as snow, ice and wind storms hit parts of British Columbia, but forecasters warn another powerful system is on the way.

BC Hydro said service was restored to the villages of Tahsis and Zeballos in northwest Vancouver Island on Sunday evening after more than 700 customers lost heat and power last Tuesday .

Hydro says crews faced difficult conditions including ongoing storms and shoulder-to-shoulder snow as they worked in a remote location.

Even when the lights came back on, Environment Canada issued another weather warning for the northern parts of the island, Haida Gwaii, and the northern and central coasts of British Columbia, with winds gusting to 110 km / h hammered these regions.

Special weather reports also cover most of Vancouver Island and the interior south coast, including metro Vancouver, as the weather office says another atmospheric river containing heavy rain is expected to hit on Tuesday and continue. for 24 to 48 hours.

The River Forecast Center has issued advisories covering Vancouver Island, the south coast and the Fraser Valley, saying showers associated with rising temperatures can melt low-lying snow accumulations and cause “minor flooding. to important “.

“The storms are several days away, so the exact location and intensity of the heaviest rainfall is still uncertain,” said the agency, which issues flood warnings and other advisories for the waterways of the British Columbia on its website.

Streams are expected to start rising on Tuesday and could peak the next day or Thursday, the center said.

Environment Canada reported that several storms are built into the impending system, although the River Forecast Center post said conditions should not be as extreme as they were at the end of last year, when catastrophic flooding ensued. produced in the Fraser Valley and the southern interior.

“The temperatures ahead are not expected to be as hot as the atmospheric riverine events in November,” the center said.

But he warned of “additional vulnerabilities from erosion and higher basal flow conditions” in areas still recovering from mid-November flooding and urged people to stay away. ‘separation from fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable banks.

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