Saturday night’s storm didn’t live up to the predictions of high winds and heavy rain, but Environment Canada did the right thing to issue severe-weather warnings. It’s far better to be ready for a big storm that doesn’t materialize than to have a bad storm catch you unprepared.
The public was cautioned about winds hitting up to 100 kilometres an hour, velocities not experienced here in years and ones that could cause widespread damage. The forecasts evoked comparisons with the weather system associated with typhoon Freda that hit the west coast of North America in October 1962. That storm created wind gusts of up to 125 km/h and killed seven people in B.C.