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Oct. 17, 2023
VICTORIA – As the weather in British Columbia transitions into fall, people can expect seasonal stormy conditions and are encouraged to take steps to prepare for the increased rainfall and the possibility of flooding.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting strong winds and heavy rainfall to parts of the B.C.’s coast beginning Tuesday, Oct. 17. Otherwise known as atmospheric rivers, narrow bands of heavy precipitation, such as this, are common in British Columbia. Many occur every year, most commonly in the fall and early winter.
Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued rainfall warnings for Howe Sound, inland Vancouver Island and western Vancouver Island, and wind warnings for the Central Coast, Haida Gwaii and northern Vancouver Island.
Following a season of severe drought and wildfire, rainfall on impacted areas can generate high surface water runoff and erosion due to a lack of vegetation, leading to a possibility of localized flooding and landslides – although widespread or severe impacts are not expected as part of this atmospheric river system.
The River Forecast Centre closely monitors forecasts and issues advisories and warnings as required. The River Forecast Centre has issued high-streamflow advisories for:
It is important that everyone take steps to prepare for seasonal storms, regardless of where they are located in the province.
In the event of flooding, here are some tips about what to avoid.
Stay up to date on weather forecasts and alerts through: weather.gc.ca
Or on X (formerly Twitter): @ECCCWeatherBC
Check road conditions through DriveBC: https://www.drivebc.ca/
or on X: @DriveBC
River Forecast Centre flood warnings and advisories: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm
EmergencyInfoBC advisrories: https://emergencyinfo.bc.gov.bc.ca
PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide: www.preparedbc.ca/floods
For tips on how to prepare grab-and-go bags, visit: www.preparedbc.ca/emergencykit
Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness