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Vancouver Island feeling a powerful fall storm to end September

Downpour could push area toward September rainfall record
Potential wind gusts early Thursday morning (Sept. 30) for Vancouver Island. Weather Network screenshot

The Comox Valley and most of Vancouver Island will get slammed with not one, but two fall storms before the end of the week.

A “major fall system” is hitting the Island and parts of the Lower Mainland to end what could be a potentially record-setting September for precipitation, according to The Weather Network.

Wednesday brought gusty winds and rain, with the front approaches its heaviest accumulations expected through the overnight hours and pre-dawn Thursday (Sept. 30).

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning from Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay, and from Courtenay to Campbell River for southeast winds that could gust up to 70 km/hr.

Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

Rainfall totals will be dependent upon a variety of factors that include terrain, wind direction and location. East Vancouver Island could see accumulations between 30 to 50 mm, whereas western parts of the Island could see up to 100 mm.

While no rainfall records have been broken for the month of September quite yet, the expected precipitation could push levels above existing records.

As for the rest of the fall, a drier pattern is expected to settle in the area Friday and continue throughout the weekend and into next week.

The Weather Network is predicting an extended stretch of warm weather for southern B.C. with temperatures near or at a few degrees above seasonal.

Meanwhile, Mainroad issued a news release on Wednesday (Sept. 29), stating an extreme weather event, heavy rain and high winds, is anticipated to impact northern Vancouver Island over the next 24-48 hours.

“In anticipation Mainroad crews will be patrolling for flooding problems on all service area highways until the event passes, roadways are clear and back to normal.”

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Erin Haluschak

About the Author: Erin Haluschak

Erin Haluschak is a journalist with the Comox Valley Record since 2008. She is also the editor of Trio Magazine...
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