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Once again, Environment Canada has issued another rainfall warning for parts of Vancouver Island.

According to the weather agency, a new ‘atmospheric river’ weather system is expected to bring heavy rains over the next few days.

The prolonged period of heavy rain is forecasted to hit the Island starting Monday night and last through Wednesday — rainfall will total between 100 to 200mm.

Central, northern, and western Vancouver Island will be hit especially hard, particularly the region from Tofino north to Tahsis and Zeballos.

In addition to the above alert, Environment Canada said strong southerly winds over exposed coastal sections are expected by Tuesday morning.

“Heavy downpours can cause water pooling on roads,” the Environment Canada statement warned.

“Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Rising freezing levels and snowmelt may contribute to increased runoff.”

This atmospheric river marks the third storm in less than a week to hit the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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