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Brace for the weather, Vancouver Island.

The second in a series of atmospheric rivers is expected to arrive today.

A rainfall warning has been issued for west and east Vancouver Island, while inland and northern Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands are under a special weather statement and will receive less rain.

According to Environment Canada, the storm system will hit Saturday evening and will likely intensify into the late night and through Sunday.

“Periods of rain will gradually intensify to heavy rain this evening and continue through Sunday,” reads the warning.

“Total rainfall amounts near 100 mm are expected over west Vancouver Island. Exposed coastal regions will also see southwest winds of 50 km/h gusting to 70 tonight.”

Environment Canada says southeast wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres an hour are expected in the Strait of Georgia Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Period of heavy rain and strong winds are expected Saturday evening to Sunday night.

More than 18,000 BC Hydro customers lost power on Thursday during the first atmospheric river of the season.


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