Potential for very strong wind gusts. Wind gusts could reach 90km/h – Updated 12:47pm Tuesday Oct 17, 2017

Wind Warnings ENDED for: Kootenay Lake, West & East Kootenay, Boundary, West & East Columbia, Yoho & Kootenay Parks, Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lake

BCTV Kootenays will post an update as the storm moves into the area. If you have any weather tips or photos you would like to share please forward those to our news desk 

(Wind Warning – Issued at: 12:42 PM PDT Tuesday 17 October 2017)  Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

An intense frontal system over the Okanagan will move across the Kootenay regions this afternoon. In the wake of the front, strong westerly winds gusting to 90 km/h will develop. Winds will subside early this evening.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Gusty winds can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm. UPDATED WEATHER ALERTS

These strong winds could knock out power to many areas across B.C.

(Updated at 12 noon Tuesday Oct 17) – Damaging winds have caused multiple outages to BC Hydro customers in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, and Interior. We expect outages to increase until the winds abate. Crews have been dispatched to all areas to restore power quickly and safely. Exact restoration times will not be available until full damage assessments are complete . Please check back for the latest updates.

Prepare for outages

How power is restored – BCHydro

  1. We repair damage to power plants and high-voltage lines and substations.
  2. Next, we restore power to critical services, like hospitals, fire and water systems.
  3. We make repairs that will return service to large neighbourhoods, then smaller neighbourhoods and individual customers.

We can all take steps to prepare for an outage when we know it’s going to happen, but most often, power outages are caused by factors beyond our control – wind, lightning, motor vehicle accidents, animals, etc. – and can happen at any moment. It’s important to ensure you are prepared for an outage year-round.

See also: 7 things you should know about how we restore power

Preparing your home

Start by ensuring you have a flashlight and spare batteries handy, and prepare an emergency kit.

Preparing your business

Create a response plan for your staff and know how to report outages at your business location.