High winds, hail and floods engulf Vancouver

Written by Staff Writer by Andrea Kramer, CNN Monsoon rain or thunderstorms have led to flooding in parts of British Columbia for several days now, and have triggered “red alerts” for Canada’s second largest…

High winds, hail and floods engulf Vancouver

Written by Staff Writer by Andrea Kramer, CNN

Monsoon rain or thunderstorms have led to flooding in parts of British Columbia for several days now, and have triggered “red alerts” for Canada’s second largest province.

A “red alert” means the region is at risk of severe weather, both rain and flash flooding. “Widespread rain and flooding may result and are expected within the area of the warning,” says the advisory from the Canadian weather service.

Despite the rain across parts of B.C., Mayor Provenzano of Vancouver declared a state of emergency , as high winds, falling trees and hail damaged a number of homes and made some roads impassable.

Wind gusts of 88 km/h were recorded in Boundary on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada , while the Seattle Seahawks game against the Oakland Raiders at Safeco Field was interrupted for an hour and 38 minutes because of the storm.

“There is a portion of the tech industry’s tech campuses on Klahowya Terrace that is under water and the drivers on either side of the building are wet and shaking,” CNN’s London correspondent Nina Dos Santos reported.

According to the weather service, the stormy conditions will begin to taper off Wednesday, but could return in the coming days as the weather fronts march back north.

The red alert level was raised to “severe thunderstorm watch” in parts of northern British Columbia on Monday. Since Monday afternoon, as much as 60 millimeters (2.7 inches) of rain has been recorded in places, the weather service said.

The red alert was raised to “severe thunderstorm watch” in parts of northern British Columbia on Monday. CNN

The intensity of the storm prompted British Columbia’s Emergency Management Council to issue a “red alert” for the First Nations communities in the area.

The First Nations communities are the resource industry and an important part of the regional economy, producing the country’s vast majority of wood products and timber, the council said.

“As people continue to be evacuated from these communities, our number one concern continues to be the health and safety of communities and the safety of those who are involved in the removal of water and hazardous materials,” said Regional Chief Perry Bellegarde, who heads the council for Saskatchewan and northern territories.

The bands are part of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Bellegarde said.

Though Victoria, B.C., issued an evacuation order for most of its residents on Friday , most of the evacuation order was lifted Tuesday.

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