B.C. storm hits West Coast with rainfall warnings

The first major storm of the season has arrived off the West Coast, bringing with it heavy rain and high winds for the first full day of fall.

Up to 60 mm of rain forecast for some regions

A massive storm off the coast B.C. is shooting rain and wind across the south coast on the first full day of fall. 2:37

The first major storm of the season has arrived off the West Coast bringing with it heavy rain, high winds and the risk of flooding on the first full day of fall.

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for the west coast of Vancouver Island, where up to 60mm of rain is expected to fall. 

Up to 50mm of rain is also forecast for the North Shore of Metro Vancouver and Howe Sound by Wednesday.

The rest of the South Coast is expected to get about 30mm of rain. Residents are warned to watch out for flash flooding and water pooling on roads.

"Strong southeasterly winds up to 60 km/h will develop this evening for the regions along the Strait of Georgia and Haro Strait. These winds will diminish Wednesday afternoon," said the warning.

By midday Tuesday, winds of 96 km/h had been recorded at Solander Island off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.

While the centre of the low pressure is expected to remain offshore, and the storm is forecast to blow through quickly, another front is forecast to blow in and bring more rain later on Wednesday.