With many still cleaning up after yesterday’s storm, more wild weather could be on the way for the Interior today.
Environment Canada is predicting strong wind gusts of up to 60 to 70 km/h this afternoon and evening, Oct. 18, in Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops.
A weather warning has also been issued in the Shuswap region for snowfall. Environment Canada says 15 cm of snow is expected on the Trans-Canada Highway from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass. Drivers are being reminded to slow down and drive to the conditions.
Yesterday, violent winds toppled trees and power lines across the Okanagan and Kamloops areas.
In Kamloops, city officials asked people to steer clear of parks and trails with trees due to the storm, and in Penticton, Skaha Lake Park was closed after wind gusts knocked down several trees.
Thousands of people in the Okanagan and Shuswap are still without power today. B.C. Hydro says on its website it is doing its best to restore outages.
“Crews continue to work on repairing the remaining damage, especially in the southern Interior. Crews are also preparing for possible new outages as weather patterns are expected to continue today across the province,” B.C. Hydro says.
In Vernon, firefighters were kept hopping with multiple calls across the city. Fire Captain Dan Walker says branches came down on 27 Street, hitting a couple vehicles.
“There were no injuries and minor vehicle damage but it did cause some traffic congestion,” Walker says.
Later, crews were called to Bella Vista Road, where a tree had fallen across some power lines in a yard, trapping the residents inside their home for more than an hour.
At least one home sustained damage, with a large tree falling onto a house near Kin Beach.
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