Current Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Wind Warning in Effect

Current at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

An intense Pacific storm will continue to move through the South Coast today. Strong southeast winds have developed speeds up to 80 km/h over the northern half of the east coast of Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and over parts of Greater Victoria, especially over exposed coastal areas.

These winds are forecast to ease below 70 km/h by early this evening.

Monitor for more details and updates.

To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Puntledge River Spill Notification

Current at 5:00 PM, Monday, 22 January 2018

The current water release from the Comox dam is about 200 m3/s, or about six times the normal flow rate. BC Hydro will continue to release high water flows through the week and weekend to 30 January. They will reduce flows, as needed, for the daily morning high tides for flood risk management.

No Air Quality Alert in Effect

Current at 2:00 AM, Tuesday, 23 January 2018

For information on current air quality, see:

Fire Extinguisher Recall

If you have a plastic push button or plastic handled fire extinguisher in your home, read this:

Recently, there was a worldwide recall of over 40 million fire extinguishers, and although the manufacturer is Kidde, they were sold under numerous brands. So, if your fire extinguisher has a plastic push button or plastic handled, go to the following site to see if it is one of those recalled. If it is, Kidde will provide you with a free replacement.

For details go to

Better diagrams showing where to locate the model numbers can be found here: