Victoria, BC – December 27, 2023
Environment Canada has issued weather alerts for British Columbia’s coast, raising concerns about potential waves of up to seven meters in height hitting Vancouver Island on Wednesday. The National Weather Agency has warned that elevated ocean water levels, combined with significant waves, could impact Greater Victoria and the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The forecast includes wind gusts of up to 110 km/h on Wednesday morning, extending into Thursday evening. Exposed coastal areas may experience even stronger gusts, reaching up to 120 km/h. This heightened wind activity is anticipated to coincide with large waves, storm surges, and seasonably high tides.
The specific timeline outlined by Environment Canada indicates that the late morning to early afternoon on Wednesday will be critical for Greater Victoria, with the potential for high water levels and coastal flooding along exposed shorelines. Low-lying areas are particularly susceptible to these conditions.
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, waves measuring five to seven meters are expected along shorelines exposed to the open ocean. These substantial waves, coupled with pounding surf, will lead to higher-than-normal water levels along the coast. The impact is anticipated to commence later on Wednesday morning, posing a potential threat to coastal infrastructure.
A wind warning has been issued for the coastal regions on December 27, 2023. The combination of powerful winds and significant waves has the potential to cause damage, especially to structures situated along the shoreline.
This weather alert follows a windstorm on Christmas Day that left approximately 28,000 customers without power across the province. Despite efforts by “B.C. Hydro,” more than 2,000 homes remain without electricity as of Wednesday morning. The aftermath of the recent storm underscores the potential risks associated with the upcoming weather conditions, emphasizing the importance of preparedness and caution among residents and authorities.
Environment Canada advises residents to stay informed about local weather updates, adhere to safety recommendations, and take necessary precautions to mitigate potential risks. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as needed.