Winds hitting 70 km/h expected on Monday

Autumn arrived with a vengeance on Sunday as high winds and torrential rain hit the Fraser Valley. Wind, gusting up to 60 km/h, knocked down trees and left thousands of Abbotsford and Mission residents without power throughout the day.

Autumn arrived with a vengeance on Sunday as high winds and torrential rain hit the Fraser Valley.

Wind, gusting up to 60 km/h, knocked down trees and left thousands of Abbotsford and Mission residents without power throughout the day.

“We got a lot of everything on Sunday,” said David Jones, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. “Rain, thunder, wind.”

Hope was hardest hit, with winds in excess of 80 km/h.

The wet weather will continue today (Monday) as the forecast is calling for 20-30 mm of rain and winds gusting up to 70 km/h by mid-day.

Environment Canada has not issued a wind warning for the area, because the gusts are not expected to hit the 80 km/h mark.

“It’s a bit stormy for September, but nothing record-breaking,” said Jones.

Tuesday’s forecast is for more rain, but the wind will ease to more seasonal levels. Sun is expected on Wednesday.