Forecasters issue ‘red alert’ as UK Columbia brace for severe thunderstorms

Canada has issued a weather “red alert” for parts of British Columbia that could be hammered by severe thunderstorms. The alert is given when red precipitation is expected, the size of the rainfall increases…

Forecasters issue 'red alert' as UK Columbia brace for severe thunderstorms

Canada has issued a weather “red alert” for parts of British Columbia that could be hammered by severe thunderstorms. The alert is given when red precipitation is expected, the size of the rainfall increases from the magnitude of the predicted rainstorm. This includes the possibility of destructive winds.

[FULL COVERAGE OF LOUISIANA AND CANADA]

Weather agency Environment Canada predicts intense thunderstorms that could produce damaging winds and large hail, with torrential rainfall that could flood the hardest-hit areas. Forecasters say there is a 75 percent chance of severe thunderstorms across Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Whistler and parts of the Fraser Valley on Saturday and Sunday.

The weather alert was issued Saturday afternoon. Forecasters say the damage is anticipated to be “significant” and could stretch over three days.

Bucking a trend that has held since last summer, the Canadian province of BC says it had its wettest day on record Friday in Vancouver, with about 9 millimeters (0.28 inches) of rain falling in the coastal city.

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