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Intense weather systems head to BC as province reopens and repairs major roads

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VICTORIA — British Columbia is forecast to be hit by rainstorms of increasing intensity in the coming days, warning people to be prepared to evacuate flooding if necessary.

Public Safety Secretary Mike Farnworth says the largest rainfall is expected on Tuesday and people living in flood-prone areas should be wary.

He urges people to have food, water, blankets and flashlights on hand in case of rising water in their communities.

Floods and mudslides last week damaged and closed several major state highways, forced the city of Merritt to evacuate and caused historic damage from flooding in the Abbotsford-Chilliwack area of ​​the Fraser Valley, destroying homes, farms and livestock.

Six people have been confirmed to have died or gone missing in the floods and slides.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in BC today to visit the flood-affected areas and meet with provincial, municipal and First Nation leaders.

According to Trudeau’s schedule, he will be in the Abbotsford area and also meet with members of the military, first responders and volunteers.

He will be in Victoria later in the day to meet Prime Minister John Horgan.

Farnworth says officials will keep a close eye on upcoming storms for increasing flooding and sliding threats.

Environment Canada says Howe Sound, as well as the northern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, would receive up to 80 millimeters of rain Friday morning. The southern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley would receive up to 50 millimeters.

But despite the weather warnings, the government says progress is being made in restoring vital highway links and disrupted supply chains.

Transport Secretary Rob Fleming said on Thursday that much of the Trans-Canada Highway between Abbotsford and Chilliwack has been reopened and work on the damaged Coquihalla Highway is underway. The main route connecting the Lower Mainland to the BC Interior could reopen in late January, but only to commercial traffic, he added.

Fleming said about 20 sites along the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt were badly damaged and five bridges had collapsed or suffered serious structural problems.

The Trans-Canada Highway through the Fraser Canyon will remain closed, as will Highway 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt, but Highway 3 from Hope to the Interior will remain open, as will Highway 7 between Agassiz and Hope.

The federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have announced they are working together to address supply chain disruptions, with Ottawa contributing up to $4.1 million to reduce bottlenecks in Vancouver’s ports.

Farnworth said the coming rains have emergency services making preparations in the Sumas area of ​​the Fraser Valley, where major flooding has already occurred.

“The focus is now on the flood-affected areas where the soil is saturated and levees have been under pressure,” he said.

“The whole region is getting the attention and focus to make sure that there are not only crews, but also the equipment, the sandbags, of which I think there are about two million in place to cope with the weather conditions that we are facing. see. “

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 26, 2021.

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Fitbit’s Charge 5 tracker is back on sale for an all-time high of $130 at Amazon

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If you missed a Fitbit during the Black Friday sale, don’t worry – there are now some great deals to help you stay in shape during the holiday season. The Charge 5 has returned to a record-low price from $130 at Amazon, or $50 under the usual sticker. That could make it a solid bargain if you’re looking for a high-quality fitness-focused activity tracker from a well-known name. The Inspire 2 is also out up to $60 (normally $100) if you’re happy with the essentials.

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The Charge 5 ticks many of the boxes if you’re determined to stay in shape. The extensive fitness and health tracking features help, especially if you get the advanced data from Fitbit Premium. For example, you can optimize your training performance and gain insight into your sleep quality. In addition to your heart rate and blood oxygen level, you can also track your stress and you get extras such as GPS, Fitbit Pay and a multi-day battery life.

There are limitations. Fitbit doesn’t share activity data with Apple Health or Google Fit, and you can’t control music from the tracker’s screen. There’s also the issue of competition: you can find some adequate alternatives from companies like Amazfit, Xiaomi and Amazon themselves that cost less (at least up front) if you can do it without some frills. Fitbit’s experience in the field matters, though, and the retail price makes the Charge 5 significantly more tempting.

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Deteriorating weather could freeze fans ahead of West Final, Environment Canada warns

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Winnipeg, which could affect fans attending Sunday’s CFL West Final between the Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, with rapidly deteriorating conditions expected from Sunday afternoon to Sunday evening.

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A low pressure area currently developing in Montana is expected to move southeast through the Dakotas and Minnesota Saturday night and Sunday night, Environment Canada said Saturday.

In southern Manitoba, snow is expected to fall 2-4 inches Sunday and Sunday night, with total snowfall along the US border reaching 4-8 inches, triggering a blizzard warning for much of the Pembina Valley. An Arctic cold front will move south through the southern half of the province on Sunday afternoon. With this front, winds will shift from east to north around noon and increase to 40 gusts to 60 gusts at 3 p.m. and to 50 gusts to 70 gusts at 6 p.m.

Combined with the recent and falling snow, visibility is expected to decrease briefly in the late afternoon and throughout Sunday night in drifting snow to less than 800m. Afternoon temperatures are expected to drop by about 10 degrees from near -5 Celsius to nearly -15 Celsius in the late afternoon to early evening.

Collisions will make travel more difficult as blowing snow reduces visibility. Drivers are advised to be prepared to adapt their driving style to changing road conditions.

Please refer to public forecasts and warnings on the WeatherCAN app or www.weather.gc.ca for updates. For highway and travel conditions, see www.manitoba511.ca.

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A man accidentally bought 2 identical tickets – and won 2 jackpots

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If you ever win the lottery, you need to quickly put together a plan to stay healthy and have rich money conversations. News recommends that you start by staying as anonymous as possible to avoid people, not to mention scammers coming out of the woodwork. To try and get a cut. Find a lawyer and advisor, preferably a certified financial planner who specializes in and works with people who suddenly find themselves in need of money. Consult your advisors before drawing the winning ticket. Hire a certified public accountant who can help you handle the taxes on your profits. Again, consult someone who handles large numbers. The lump sum or annual payments side is right for you, advises Forbes. You don’t make any major lifestyle changes during the 46 months after winning. Finally, get used to saying no, even to yourself.

A man from North Carolina accidentally bought 2 identical tickets – and won 2 jackpots

A man from North Carolina wasn’t sure if he had bought a ticket to the Lucky for Life lottery, so he filled out the online form. whether I filled it in or not,” said Scotty Thomas, 49, of Fayetteville, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. Related video above: What to do after winning the lottery “I went ahead and filled it in again and the the next morning my son asked why there were two different amounts listed. I realized, ‘I think I filled it in twice.’ “It turned out that he had won $25,000 for life every year with every ticket in the November 27 drawing. That prize is the second largest prize in the Lucky for Life drawing, according to the lottery, after a payout of $1,000 for life.” Tomas said. “It’s just a blessing.” Thomas, a dump truck driver, chose a $780,000 lump sum for both tickets, according to the lottery, rather than annual payments, saying he wanted to invest in his company, wanted to pay bills, help his family and maybe buy a house.After taxes, he made $551,851, the lottery said.

A North Carolina man wasn’t sure if he’d bought a ticket to the state’s Lucky for Life lottery draw, so he filled out the online form.

“I was just in bed watching a basketball game on TV and I couldn’t remember if I had filled it in or not,” said Scotty Thomas, 49, of Fayetteville, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

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“I went ahead and re-entered it and the next morning my son asked why there were two different amounts listed. I realized, ‘I think I entered it twice.’”

As it turned out, he had won $25,000 for life every year with every ticket in the November 27 drawing. That prize is the second largest prize of the Lucky for Life drawing, according to the lottery, after a payout of $1,000 for life.

“When I realized I had won, I had to lie down on the floor because I really couldn’t believe it,” said Thomas. “It’s just a blessing.”

Thomas, a dump truck driver, opted for a lump sum of $780,000 for both tickets instead of annual payments, according to the lottery, saying he wanted to invest in his business, pay bills, help his family and maybe buy a house.

After taxes, he made $551,851, according to the lottery.

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