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Residents of Vancouver Island should prepare for heavy rainfall across most of the island on Thursday.

In a statement released Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a special weather warning for West, Inland, and East Vancouver Island warning of heavy rainfall in the area.

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“An unseasonably strong Pacific front is poised to drench Vancouver Island and parts of the south coast beginning on Thursday,” said the weather agency.

According to the weather agency, the rainfall is expected to start over west and inland Vancouver Island tonight, before spreading to east Vancouver Island “from Nanaimo to the Comox Valley” on Thursday morning.

The rain is then predicted to intensify by Thursday afternoon before leaving the island Thursday night as the weather pattern moves eastward.

On Friday, in the wake of the rain front, Environment Canada says there will be showers and a risk of thunderstorms and gusty winds in the affected areas.

“There remains some uncertainty with respect to the location of where the heaviest precipitation amounts will occur,” said the weather agency.

For updates on alerts and forecasts, you can check Environment Canada’s BC coverage here.