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British Columbia is still on the alert with the arrival of another atmospheric river that will bring new precipitation over the next few hours.
< p>Environment Canada issued a warning on Tuesday for several parts of the province bordering the Pacific. The northern and western parts of Vancouver Island, in particular, are expected to receive up to 150mm of rain and strong winds on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Native to the Philippines, this atmospheric river is the third of its kind in a few weeks. This is a phenomenon characterized by the arrival of humid air from the ocean causing intense precipitation.
“Torrential rains can cause water to accumulate on the roads. Flooding is possible in places in the lowlands. Increasing rain-snow line and melting snow could increase runoff, ”the federal agency's publication read.
Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, central coast and the North Shore of the province are under the same warning.
“Gusts of up to 60 km/h are also expected in the province and they should intensify by tomorrow,” said Armel Castellan, meteorologist for Environment Canada. “The worst of the storm starts this afternoon and will continue tomorrow,” he added.
On Monday, the province extended gasoline rationing for the metropolitan area and the Vancouver Island until December 14. Many residences have been evacuated and several highways have been preemptively closed, including Highways 1 and 3 in the Fraser Canyon and Hope.
Precipitation records sprayed
The first two atmospheric rivers to overhang British Columbia were enough to shatter the fall precipitation records for several cities in the province, Environment Canada confirmed.
“As of [Monday] evening, Seasonal records have been broken in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver and Abbotsford, and November is not yet over, ”said Castellan.
In the provincial capital, a total of 592 mm of rain has fallen on the city since September, beating an old mark of 1996. The new record is 100 years old, data has been collected in the province since 1896.
“The precipitation has been continuous since the beginning of autumn, but it has been particularly important since November,” added the meteorologist.
In Abbotsford, probably the city most affected by the floods, 820 mm of rain have fallen in the region since September, including 476 since the beginning of November, Castellan said. November also turned out to be an excessively rainy month in the region, a record was also broken, with the old mark of 421.8 mm dating from 2006.
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