South coast wind warning

South coast wind warning”

The strong southerly winds are caused by a low pressure system over the Pacific which is expected to intensify as it approaches the B.C. South Coast.

You could see branches or power wires coming down this morning, there is a wind warning for the entire Lower Mainland because of a low pressure system.

The warning covers Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Central Coast, as well as the majority of Vancouver Island, where the low is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon. The winds will ease later this afternoon as the low weakens and moves out of the region. "Exposed coastal sections will experience southerly winds of 70 to 80 km/h beginning late Monday morning".

An updated wind warning from Environment Canada includes all of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley out to Abbotsford, and parts of Vancouver Island.

There is also a BC highway alert in effect due to the high winds for the Sea to Sky highway.

Travellers are also advised to check with Harbour Air and airlines flying out of Vancouver International Airport in case of cancellations or delays.

"We do have a team of in-house meteorologists that track storms for us so we know about them before they hit".

"We always encourage people to be prepared".

She said crews are keeping a close eye on conditions and have extra staff on standby, ready to deploy to any outages caused by the storm.

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