Monday, March 4, 2024

70 to 90 km/h winds expected to hit Greater Victoria Thursday


Get ready Victoria, more winds are on the way.

According to Environment Canada,  heavy winds are expected throughout Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands and the western and eastern coasts of Vancouver Island starting Thursday.

In a weather alert, the agency says a strong low pressure system will bring winds ranging from 70 to 90 km/h near the Strait of Georgia in the afternoon and overnight into Friday.

The western section of Vancouver Island will see wind gusts reach near 100 km/h late Thursday afternoon. Gusts are expected to drop to 50 to 60 km/h later into the night.

Winds will hit southeast 50 km/h, gusting to 80 starting around 2 p.m. in the Greater Victoria area today.

In addition to this alert, a ‘rain cyclone’ is expected to side-swipe BC’s southern coast, bringing rainfall and high winds along with it.

The same storm reached as far south as California and has been dubbed a ‘bomb cyclone’ to those who face the brunt of this weather system.

As the storm approaches Vancouver Island and the coast of BC, it is weakening, but is still expected to bring with it between 50 and 100 millimeters of rainfall before it is done with the island.

Tofino and the western side of the island will face winds up to 70 km/h. In the Juan De Fuca Strait, winds are only predicted to be between 40 and 60 km/h.

Nanaimo and Ladysmith along with the rest of the east coast of the island and the Strait of Georgia will bear the worst of the storm, with winds reaching between 70 and 90 km/h.

For Greater Victoria, rainfall is expected to begin in the evening on Wednesday, and continue through until Friday.


With files from Curt Blandy

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