(Tofino wind storm/Scott Bolder/Instagram)

Environment Canada has issued special weather advisories for coastal BC and parts of Vancouver Island ahead of a “wet and windy” weekend.

According to the agency, an atmospheric river – or a narrow corridor of concentrated moisture – will take aim at northern Vancouver Island and the Central Coast early Saturday morning.

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Western Vancouver Island and the coastal communities of the Central Coast are expected to be hit with heavy rainfall, likely in excess of 100 mm.

The heaviest rain is expected to fall between Tofino and Bella Bella.

The moisture-laden system will likely also bring strong winds with it, battering coastal communities along West Vancouver Island and the Central and North coasts with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h on the morning of November 16th.

Environment Canada warns the public of high runoff and rising river levels over the upcoming weekend.

There may be potential high streamflow advisories or flood watches from the BC River Forecast Centre.