Residents across British Columbia’s south coast will need their umbrellas and gumboots until at least Saturday as rain and wind lash the region.
Environment Canada has posted rainfall warnings or special weather statements for the inner south coast, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and most of Vancouver Island, although Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands dodge most of the wicked weather.
Meteorologists say up to 75 millimetres of rain is expected for Howe Sound, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Vancouver’s North Shore and the east and west coasts of the Island.
Other regions of the south coast could see up to 40 millimetres of rain before the system eases.
The weather office says localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible, with the potential for washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.
Forecasters expect the storm to move inland by Saturday.