Strong winds and rain have been wreaking havoc on the south coast of B.C. as another system is set to move in.
Thousands of people are still without power this morning after a Pacific storm ripped through the region.
The wind was very strong in Langley, where storm watchers recorded gusts of more than 100 km/h.
Trees have fallen on cars and power lines in several cities, including Burnaby and Surrey.
In Langley, an evergreen tree fell across the road and landed on some wires. The people in the car below managed to get out, but their dog had to stay inside until hydro crews shut off the power.
TransLink says SkyTrain passengers should expect a normal commute this morning. Two stations were closed last night and service was interrupted after a tree fell on the tracks in Vancouver.
Hydro crews have been working throughout the morning to restore power to thousands of people. More than 51,000 homes were in the dark at the height of the outage, but that number has dropped to just over a thousand this morning.
Crews made significant progress through the night repairing damage from #bcstorm. Just over 1,200 customers without power in #LowerMainland
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) December 7, 2015
BC Ferries cancelled several major sailings as well. Meanwhile, rising water levels have prompted a First Nations community on Vancouver Island to declare a state of emergency.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for the next in the series of Pacific low pressure systems approaching the B.C. coast.
“The Jet Stream is racing across the Pacific and it is carrying a whole series of storms toward the coast,” says Greg Pearce with Environment Canada. “It looks like this pattern is going to last probably until at least mid-week.”
Southeast winds of 60 to 80 km/h are expected to develop over the outer coastal regions overnight and then spread eastward to the inner coastal regions on Tuesday morning.
Haida Gwaii can briefly anticipate southeast winds up to 90 km/h early tomorrow morning as the storm passes over.
Following the passage of the storm, the north and central coasts can also expect southwest winds up to 70 km/h before the winds ease late tomorrow morning.
The rain will return this evening over West Vancouver Island and develop over the inner coastal regions early Tuesday morning.
Rainfall amounts up to 80 mm over West Vancouver Island and 30 to 50 mm over inland sections can be expected by tomorrow evening.
Strong winds and rain are likely to persist as yet another system is forecast to move through the area on Wednesday.