“Cyclones that undergo explosive cyclogenesis immediately off the Pacific Northwest Coast, and continue deepening up to the point of landfall, are a very rare occurrence. These extreme events tend to produce record to near-record wind velocities and barometric tendencies.” -Wolf Read, Climatologist at UBC
Alright Vancouver. As it looks right now, a SIGNIFICANT low pressure system will move across Vancouver Island this evening, explosively deepening in the process. There will be two periods of strong winds. A SE component earlier this evening, then a strong west/southwest push after midnight. Weather conditions will quickly deteriorate around dinner time.
- Expect widespread power outages accompanied with minor property damage
- Wind gusts up to 100km/hr around exposed coastal sections of Vancouver Island and Vancouver (possible hurricane force gusts in Georgia Strait and west Vancouver Island)
- Winds will be stronger south of Comox on eastern Vancouver Island
Be proactive with this storm. Make sure you have supplies and are prepared for a lengthy power outage, as BC Hydro will be initially overwhelmed with grid damage.
Where will you be storm watching from? I'd love to hear about your experience tonight, so feel free to comment below.
Listen to updates from Environment Canada, as the situation will rapidly change throughout the evening. Stay safe everyone.