Tropical storm system hits the North Coast.

Tropical storm system hits the North Coast

The city woke up to the remnants of Tropical Storm Lester pounding on their window this morning.

The city woke up to the remnants of Tropical Storm Lester pounding on their window this morning.

Heavy rain is expected throughout the day accumulating to approximately 20 to 30 mm in the form of puddles. This is gumboot weather. Despite the dreary gray skies, the temperature is tepid at 17 degrees Celsius.

The power outages began at 9:19 a.m. with more than 1,100 customers affected. B.C. Hydro reported one outage located at the North-East-West of Highway 16 and south of Fifth Avenue, and another at south of Park Avenue, north of Mount Hays and east of the ferry.

Environment Canada forecasts that southeast winds are blowing at 60 to 80km/hour and by the afternoon, the winds will tame to 30 to 50 km/hour.

For runners planning on racing in the Mount Hays Quickclimb on Saturday morning, let’s hope that Environment Canada is wrong with its forecast of another 10 to 15 mm of rain and a high of 14 degrees Celsius.

Tropical Storm Lester weakened after it blew over the Hawaiian Islands and moved toward B.C.’s west coast. The storm should abate by Sunday, which is expected to have some sun and a high of 17 degrees Celsius.

Stay tuned for updates.