Saturday, November 14, 2009

Storm lashes Rupert and moves south

It was a wind fest for Rupert on Saturday, as fierce winds ripped through the city for the majority of the morning and afternoon, leaving Rupertites to scour through back yards and check their roof tops by Saturday evening.

By afternoon there were a few apparent cases of siding damage and the occasional blown out windshield, for the most part there wasn't much in the way of serious damage to be seen around the city.

While the winds played havoc with those with thoughts of walking, the anticipated 50 mm plus of rain that was forecast on Friday for the city never materialized and while intense at times, for the most part our bout with the oncoming storm was mostly wind related.

That's not to be the case for the lower mainland, where advisories have been issued for potential rainfall amounts of 300 mm in some areas, flash flood warnings are in effect and transportation options are expected to be affected.

The Port Hardy to Prince Rupert run of the Northern Adventure was the first to feel the effects of the southward bound storm, as the original departure time of 6pm out of Port Hardy was pushed back to 11:15 PM.

BC Ferries issued the following advisory (posted to their website Service Notices section) late Saturday evening.

Updated as of 11:30 PM Saturday November 14, 2009:

Please be advised that the MV Northern Adventure departed Port Hardy at 11:15 PM.

The vessel expects to arrive in Bella Bella at 5:30 AM Sunday November 15 with a departure time of 6:30 AM.

The eta for Prince Rupert is 5:00 PM Sunday. These times remain weather dependent.

The MV Nimpkish will coordinate sailing times to connect with the Northern Adventure. More information will be provided when available.

BC Ferry customers and interested observers can follow the progress of the Northern Adventure and other vessels of the BC Ferries fleet from their vessel tracker page.

Stewart will see more snow fall overnight and into Sunday as the remnants of our storm of Saturday continue on, but for Prince Rupert a calmer day is anticipated we will see little precipitation on Sunday before a more intense front arrives again on our shores for next week with wind and rain, Stewart however will see more snow fall overnight and into Sunday but our total rainfall (the stuff of legend which once had Vancouver types talking of Rainy Rupert) will pale in comparison to what is in store for points south.

As the storm moves towards the Lower Mainland weather warnings were issued, as well as predictions of more ferry disruptions as well as potential power issues and the already mentioned concerns of rising waters and flood conditions.

Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland are settling in for Pineapple express, a rather moisture laden system that seems destined to merge with the one that just passed by the North coast, the anticipated accumulations leaving the Vancouver Province to provide the dire warnings in their on line edition.

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