A special weather statement is forecasting heavy rain and strong winds in Nanaimo and other parts of Vancouver Island tonight, Sept. 22.
Environment Canada notes that “the first active storm cycle of the the fall season” will move across B.C.’s south coast starting Tuesday night, bringing periods of heavy rain and strong winds.
Over Vancouver Island, the forecast calls for 15-40 millimetres of rainfall over two days, with more than 100mm on the Island’s west coast. Winds are expected to gust 50-70 kilometres an hour Wednesday morning over the Strait of Georgia.
Environment Canada notes that the combination of heavy rain and leaves on the ground could lead to flooding in some areas, and strong winds could lead to power outages.
Wet weather is expected to continue through the week and rainfall and wind warnings may be issued as the storm approaches.