Looks like the worst is over. Peak gust here was 88.5kph. Heard reports of 110kph gusts in Campbell River and 90kph sustained winds in Port Hardy.
Pretty good storm! Hopefully you’re reading this with your lights on. BC Hydro shows power out on Stirling Arm, Hector Rd. and Kitsuksis. Looks like Vancouver Island north of Victoria got the worst of it with 14,000 people off the grid.
Take Care all.
Remember to just leave the frontpage open to see the current weather conditions. The page will update automatically every minute. High winds in the almanac every 5 minutes on the fives but I would be surprised if we see anything higher than the 88.5kph we’ve already received.
Lots of flickering lights. I’ve heard some or all at the lake are out. You can check them out at www.bchydro.com
Hope your lights stay on.
End of Update
UPDATE 5:30PM – 88kph Gust
Things are picking up out there. If you get down to the Harbour Quay, be safe, and take a video! 🙂
This should be the peak intensity, at least as forecasted.
We just got our first big gust of the day around 56kph. Felt it hit the house.
Got this update from Kat in the comments below. She’s near Bedwell Sound near Tofino.
“Wind switched around to SW in Bedwell Sound about half hour ago, and it’s screaming in here now. wish i had a wind gauge but some of these gusts must be pushing 60 knots [~110kph]. Big Williwaws and small waterspouts all over the place.”
Stay safe out there.
Also reports that Tofino is on a boil water advisory due to the rain.
Update: 3:00PM Victoria hit with 90kph winds
It’s been crazy everywhere else but Port Alberni. Dangerous snow (thus the updated 12:30PM forecast) in Sutton Pass. Wind in Victoria, the West Coast and East Coast. Ferries cancelled.
We’re still waiting for anything to hit us. I would keep an eye on the wind graphics on victoriaweather.ca. When they veer to the SouthWest is when we can likely expect the wind to pick up here.
I erred in my last post. The warning is only for winds up to 90kph for us, not 110kph even though the warning indicates that.
It bugs me that they don’t tailor the warnings more for the area they are issued, but I suppose when you only have one or two people doing the forecasts for the 30 or so regions of the province, you have to find efficiencies.
Anyway, the SouthEast winds have already hit Victoria. Courtesy islandweather.ca
It’s blowing about the same in Tofino. The wind should still build in both of those places until they hit 90-100kph gusts.
This afternoon the wind will shift to SouthWest, that’s probably when we will get it as the Southwesterlies seem to funnel up the Inlet a little better.
Either way, we should expect strong winds this afternoon and into the evening.
Finally, here’s a really beautiful graphic I found recently from the University of Wisconsin. It shows total precipitable water in the atmosphere. Watch as the Pineapple Express reaches up towards our region. This is over the past couple weeks. You’ll see it hitting Oregon, where they had major flooding when we were snowy and icy.
Here’s the zoomed in one for our “East Pacific” region.