December 2018 British Columbia storms

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Several storms struck the coast of British Columbia in December 2018, some causing damage, and one death.[1]

December 8[edit]

Winds of over 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) were expected for Haida Gwaii, as well as western Vancouver Island. Environment Canada warned people near the South Klondike Highway to avoid non-essential travel, due to snow and wind.[2]

December 11[edit]

Heavy rain in Metro Vancouver caused flash flooding in South and East Vancouver, as well as Burnaby. Several buildings were slightly damaged, and many cars were submerged. The skytrain line between Sapperton station and Scott Road station were temporarily suspended due to flooding.[3] Several roads in Burnaby were closed.[4]

December 13[edit]

On December 13 a strong frontal system impacted the western coast, dropping 77.5 millimetres (3.05 in) of rain on downtown Vancouver,[5] and 67.0 millimetres (2.64 in) at the Vancouver International Airport.[6] Snowfall warnings were also put in place for the Coquihalla, and other high elevation places.[7]

December 20[edit]

Storms over the northwest coast on December 20, 2018.

Starting in the morning, severe winds hit Metro Vancouver gusting up to 112 kilometres per hour (70 mph)[8] affecting Delta and White Rock the worst. One person in Duncan was killed when a tree struck their vehicle.[1] A Surrey man was severely injured after a tree fell on him.[9] A famous White Rock pier built in 1914 partially collapsed, trapping a man. He was later rescued by helicopter, without any injuries. 22 of the 30 boats moored at the pier were destroyed or severely damaged.[10]

600,000 people were left without power,[11] including at least 100,000 on Vancouver Island.[12] 34,000 people were still without power as of the evening of the 23rd.[11] Collapsed trees in North Saanich slowed traffic.[12] Ferry rides to Victoria and Nanaimo were also cancelled due to wind and waves.[13] A constable with the Abbotsford police department stated that a barn "went airborne". Windows had also been blown out of some high-rises.[8]

The US state of Washington was also affected. Approximately 300,000 homes and businesses lost power, and 300 flights were delayed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.[14]


  1. ^ a b Editor (2018-12-21). "One person killed by falling tree in Duncan as windstorm lashes Vancouver Island". CHEK. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  2. ^ Dec 08, CBC News · Posted:; December 9, 2018 2:44 PM PT | Last Updated:. "Extreme winds and winter storms blow into parts of western B.C. | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  3. ^ "Wet, windy weather causes flooding, disrupts ferry service | CTV News Vancouver". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  4. ^ "UPDATE: Multiple Burnaby roads closed due to flooding". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  5. ^ Canada, Environment and Climate Change (2011-10-31). "Daily Data Report for December 2018 - Climate - Environment and Climate Change Canada". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  6. ^ Canada, Environment and Climate Change (2011-10-31). "Daily Data Report for December 2018 - Climate - Environment and Climate Change Canada". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  7. ^ Dec 13, CBC News · Posted:; December 14, 2018 7:13 AM PT | Last Updated:. "Storm brings up to 90 mm of rain to Metro Vancouver: Tips to protect your vehicle while driving in heavy rain | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  8. ^ a b "Abbotsford winds could get worse before they get better today". Abbotsford News. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  9. ^ Inc, Pelmorex Weather Networks. "Strong winds, high elevation snow slam B.C., one injured". The Weather Network. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  10. ^ "VIDEO: White Rock pier destroyed by storm, stranded man rescued". Surrey Now-Leader. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  11. ^ a b "B.C. storm power outages could mean Christmas in the dark for some |". 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  12. ^ a b "High winds knock trees down, cause power outages across Peninsula". Peninsula News Review. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  13. ^ "UPDATE: BC Ferries cancels 80 sailings amid wind storm". Chilliwack Progress. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  14. ^ "Northwest Storm Causes Damage, Road Closures in Washington; 1 Killed in British Columbia". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2018-12-21.