Major storm to hit Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, wind warning issued

UPDATE: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. - A wind warning is in effect for Prince Rupert.

UPDATE: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – A wind warning is in effect for Prince Rupert. 15 mm of rain is expected for Thursday night, with southeast winds from 40 – 70 km/h and temperatures remaining steady at 14 degrees Celsius.

Batten down the hatches.

Environment Canada has issued an alert for the North Coast as remnants of Hurricane Oho are expected to hit coastal sections, taking a dead aim for Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii, over the long weekend.

What has been coined as an “atmospheric river”, meteorologists with Environment Canada are warning Prince Rupert can expect 200mm of rainfall (nearly eight inches) beginning today (Thursday, Oct. 8) and continuing until Sunday.

A series of storms will take aim at the North and Central Coasts from today through Sunday night. A front will move across the region today with wet and windy conditions expected. From tonight into Friday stronger southeasterly winds and heavier rain are forecast as an intense storm develops from the remnants of hurricane Oho, as it races northward towards Haida Gwaii. Rain and wind warnings are now in effect for this storm. The storm will move north of the region by Friday evening.In the wake of this storm a strong westerly flow will bring another disturbance to the Central Coast Saturday morning with yet another storm impacting the North Coast on Sunday. Computer models are estimating rainfall accumulations in the 100 to 200 mm range for the above mentioned areas from Friday through Sunday night,” Environment Canada said in a statement posted on their website at 4:58 p.m. on Thursday.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, Environment Canada has now issued a wind warning.

“Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring. The remnants of Hurricane Oho will approach the North Coast tonight as a strong post-tropical low pressure system. Strong southeasterly winds of 70 to 110 km/h will develop over Haida Gwaii, Central Coast – Coastal Sections, and North Vancouver Island overnight as the low approaches. Winds will ease off late Friday morning as the low moves quickly north of the region. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio.”

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