Windy weekend – Please prepare for potential power outages!

A series of storms will travel along the BC Coast this weekend. Given the forecast storm trajectories, Environment Canada is anticipated warning level winds from the South Coast up to Haida Gwaii and the North Coast. With a deep low pressure system brewing in the Gulf of Alaska and a strong ridge of high pressure building over Alberta, the resulting pressure gradient will produce strong to extreme outflow winds through the mainland valleys and inlets of the Central and North Coasts.

Moderate rain will also accompany the passage of the storms but is currently expected to remain below warning criteria. Snow levels will hover between 1000 and 1500m along the coast so we are not expecting these storms to produce any snow near sea level. There is however a risk of freezing rain through the North Coast inlets as incoming moisture clashes with cold outflow conditions. A calmer and drier weather pattern is expected beginning Tuesday.

If you have any questions about our preparedness plans for Anacla, please contact Amelia Vos (amelia.v@huuayaht.org) at 1.888.644.4555 / 250.728.3414

Weather Event Impacts:

Potential for tree damage, power outages and disruptions to marine travel.

Weather Event Estimated Start Time and Duration:

Saturday through Monday.

Alert

Confidence Level:

Moderate! There is relatively good agreement between the  various weather models for the general pattern through the weekend. As always, the exact timing and details of each of these storms remains a challenge. Forecast certainty will increase with the approaching storms so please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings as they will most likely change.

Recommendations:

Prepare for potential power outages. The marine community is encouraged to consider alternate plans over the weekend. Monitor forecasts and alerts for updates.

Wind Warning Criteria:

  • North Vancouver Island, Central Coast, North Coast, Haida Gwaii: 90km/h or more for Sustained Winds AND/OR Gusts to 110km/h or more
  • West Vancouver Island: 80km/h or more for Sustained Winds AND/OR Gusts to 100km/h or more
  • Remainder of BC: 70km/h or more for Sustained Winds AND/OR Gusts to 90km/h or more

For updates and alerts:

Environment Canada Forecasts:                www.weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=BC

Environment Canada Alerts:                       www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc

Environment Canada Weather Blog:        www.avalanche.ca/weather

 

 

Source: Matt MacDonald

Acting Warning Preparedness Meteorologist

Prediction and Services Directorate  – Operations West

Meteorological Services of Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada

401 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC  V6C 3S5

(604) 664-9264

matt.macdonald@ec.gc.ca

Participate in the Huu-ay-aht Tsunami Debris Cleanup!

Tsunami debris is a danger to wildlife. As it was originally submerged in the marine environment (e.g. docks and  ships), it can contain coastal aquatic invasive species. There is also terrestrial origin debris such as electrical goods, clothes and door frames. None of us would like to be exposed to these! Give us a hand, then!

Amelia Vos, Environmental Technician, is happy to announce that Huu-ay-aht will be participating in the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Event of  Edward King and Diana Island. Staff, Anacla residents and Huu-ay-aht citizens are invited to volunteer with the Marine Station students. This is an excellent time to showcase the values of our Nation by working together to keep our coastal ecosystems clean and healthy.

Join us on November 12th and 13th, from 10 am to 2 pm, on the islands mentioned above, which are part of Huu-ay-aht’s Traditional Territory. Every participant will get a complimentary t-shirt, lunch and beverages. Contact Amelia now via email (amelia.v@huuayaht.org) or call her at 1-888-644-4555 or 250-728-3414 to register.

Click on the image to download some historical facts on tsunamis in this country:

Timeline

Source: Catalyst for Science

James Spencer, Registered Professional Biologist who currently manages JAS Projects as an Environmental and Economic Development Consultant, and Amelia received a contract through the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) to coordinate tsunami debris cleanups in all the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. So far,  they have organized two successful cleanups with Toquaht and Uchucklesaht First Nations (UFN).  They will continue to coordinate with Tseshaht, UFN, Hesquiat, Ahousaht, and Ditidaht.  To guarantee the continuity of this project, local First Nations must support the initiative.

One of the main objectives is to raise awareness on how to respond to marine and tsunami debris in and on coastal territory.  Huu-ay-aht First Nations looks forward to working with its neighbours to get stronger and more in touch with nature as our ancestors taught us.

Did you know?

Enjoy this virtual exhibit about The Great Tsunami of 1964! Click on the image to see the gallery and read the stories:

Virtual_Exhibit

Tsunami Smart: Get the 101

Other resources

Emergency Info BC

Remembering the 1964 Port Alberni tsunami

This Week in History: Huge earthquake set off a tsunami that devastated Port Alberni

Natural Disasters CBC Digital archives